Anybody who’s read my novel Adaptation shouldn’t be surprised that I used to be an X-phile — that is, an X-Files fan — because that book is inspired in many ways by the TV series about two FBI agents investigating UFOs and the paranormal. In fact, I learned a lot of things from The X-Files, and some of those lessons may have found their way into Adaptation and its sequel (coming this fall!).
Here are 10 things I learned from The X-Files.
1. Conspiracy theories are everywhere…including the real world. On The X-Files, Agents Mulder and Scully investigate a shadowy organization called “The Syndicate” that involves leaders from many different governments and government agencies working together to cover up the existence of extraterrestrials. Sound like a tall tale? Let me introduce you to the Bilderberg Group, an annual meeting of world leaders who get together in closed meetings to…well, we don’t really know what they do. (Cue X-Files theme song.)
A photo of the so-called Syndicate, from “Paper Clip”
We posed a few questions to Darren Shan, writer of 60+ books who manages to churn out terrifying tales at a rapid pace.
See below for the gory details.
1. If you weren’t an author you would be a ______?
Struggling author! If I wasn’t getting paid to write, I would write anyway. To support myself, I’d probably just do temporary office work, as I wouldn’t want a career to distract me.
2. The first book you loved?
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. You can find echoes of it in Lord Loss, the first book of my demon series.