Following the success of the recent revival series, two new X-Files novels are set to be released next January.
The two novels – entitled Agent of Chaos and Devil’s Advocate – will follow 17-year-old Mulder and 15-year-old Scully as we delve deeper into the agents’ history.
According to Entertainment Weekly, we will be able to discover what inspired them to become the believer and skeptic we’ve come to know them as, in addition to what inspired them to become FBI agents. Each story will be set in the spring of 1979, at a time when serial murders, the occult and governmental conspiracies were grabbing headlines.
The novels have been acquired by Imprint/Macmillian Children’s Publishing Group. Agent of Chaos – Mulder’s story – will be written by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, while Devil’s Advocate – Scully’s story – will be written by New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry.
Garcia is known for her co-authoring of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures series, as well as her solo series The Legion. Meanwhile Maberry is a thriller and horror novelist, best known for his novels Assassin’s Code, Dead of Night and Patient Zero. He is also a Marvel Comics writer.
Erin Stein, a publisher at Imprint, issued a statement about acquiring the two novels: “When I watched the pilot episode back in 1993, I became immediately obsessed with The X-Files. As a die-hard fan of the show, the oppurtunity to work with incredible authors on original stories about these characters is a dream come true for me. Why did Mulder become a believer? Why did Scully become a skeptic? We get to tell those stories.”
Both novels are set to be released simultaneously in January 2017.