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The X-Files: Trust No One

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  855 ratings  ·  133 reviews
We all want to believe. The truth is still out there. The X-Files have been reopened. IDW Publishing and series creator Chris Carter have authorized new investigations into the weird, the strange, and the mysterious. New York Times Bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today's top storytellers for a series of anthologies ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by IDW Publishing
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Aug 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Table of Contents:

01 - Introduction - joathan Maberry
5 - "Catatonia" by Tim Lebbon
37 - "The Beast of Little Hill" by Peter Clines
67 - "Oversight" by Aaron Rosenberg
85 - "Dusk" by Paul Crilley
117 - "Loving the Alien" by Stefan Petrucha
145 - "Non Gratum Anus Rodentum" by Brian Keene
167 - "Back in El Paso My Life Will be Worthless" by Keith R.A. DeCandido
193 - "Paranormal Quest" by Ray Garton
225 - "King of the Watery Deep" by Timothy Deal
251 - "Sewers" by Gini Koch
281 - "Clair de Lune" by W.D. Gagl
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collections of scifi horror stories written by various authors. Some are more interesting than others, but all are fun and well written. I love the fact that some of the stories are written from point of view of different characters. I find myself liking the audiobook more than the new X-Files TV series.

The narrations are great (it could be an acquired taste for certain listeners); clear voice for each character which made it easy to follow.

Highly recommended, especially to the fans of
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: x-files
I want to believe that it's the long-time-coming revival of the TV series that has me so annoyed with this book, and that I'm simply projecting my expectations for the new episodes onto everything X, but no. Here we have a rush job cash-grab that does a disservice to those who know how to read. (Take a breath: The X-Filey stuff is fine.)

How much "editing" did Jonathan Maberry do for this book? Answer: zero. The inside cover states that the actual editor is some guy named Justin Eisinger, who sho
About 2.5 stars for the content, 3.5 stars for narration.

This is a review of the audio book which had 2 narrators: Bronson Pinchot and Hilary Huber. The narration was well done and I enjoyed listening to "Mulder" and "Scully" tell the stories.

The stories themselves were not that memorable. I can remember 2 or 3 stories that stood out for me (but unfortunately not their names). I guess this should appeal to X-Files fans, however, die-hard fans may be disappointed.

Scott Rhee
Recently, a poll of TV watchers voted "The X-Files" to be the best TV show, ever. (Actually, it was a poll of Hollywood insiders---writers, actors, directors---for The Hollywood Reporter, and "The X-Files" was ranked #3 out of 100, "Friends" being #1. I hated "Friends". I'm pretty sure the vote was rigged. By the way, #2 was "Breaking Bad".)

I'm no Hollywood insider, nor am I anyone of any importance, really, but I confidently declare that "The X-Files" was, truly, the best TV show, ever. In the
Amy Sturgis
This is a very, very mixed bag. I would give it two stars, but the stories that were good were really very good.

Some stories (Kevin J. Anderson's "Statues" comes immediately to mind, but there are several in this category) read like excellent lost episodes, and it's because of those that I'm glad I read this volume. Some stories are mediocre, far less impressive than good fan fiction that's available for free online. And others reflect only the most basic understanding of The X-Files and no resp
May 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
WHERE DO I EVEN START WITH THIS. To quote Galaxy Quest, did you guys ever WATCH the show? It’s an overly-long mix of bad writing and bad characterization. And then there’s the fact that despite the huge number of women who have written X-Files stories, 12 out of the 15 stories are by men. Look. I come into collections like these being like, okay, the writing’s gonna be FINE but it’ll be a fun story and have the characters I like. But when the stories aren’t even interesting and the characterizat ...more
Michael Hicks
My original THE X-FILES: TRUST NO ONE audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

I’ve been a fan of The X-Files since it premiered on FOX way back in 1993. I remember, quite fondly, watching the premiere with my mother and then, later, with friends as a trio of us creeped-out teens went for a walk around the neighborhood in the dark following the initial airing (and only airing on FOX) of the episode “Home.” Wandering the quiet, moonlit streets had not felt like the best
The Behrg
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
The dichotomy between fact and fiction, between the rationalizations of an intelligent mind and that part of us that just wants to believe, are central to what made this show as successful as it was. Sure, that loud pounding that woke you in the middle of the night after watching a scary movie could be explained in a number of ways, but you still wonder (and secretly hope) if there was something more to it. Paranormal, the supernatural, a world beyond our world that we can't see but that's there ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Short story collection, encompassing about 15 stories total. I am a huge X-Files fan, so of course I loved it! I am currently looking for more of these I liked it so much. Scully & Mulder are a great team and I enjoy both their banter and the cases they investigate. A must for anyone who enjoys both audiobooks and X-Files! THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. I WANT TO BELIEVE. ...more
Jeff Heimbuch
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on HorrorBuzz.

I love The X-Files. I was an impressionable youth when the first episode premiered, and despite scaring the hell out of me, I fell in love with it. So much so that I never missed an episode throughout the years, and I devoured every single piece of media that came out of it; comics, video games, books, and so on.

Of course, the show, and some of its spin-off media, had its issues, but I always overcame them. I loved the storytelling and fell in love w
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially saw this book recommended to me on Amazon and, hyped as I was about the new series coming out soon, I bought it. I didn't recognize most of the names of the authors who contributed, but I was excited anyway - I'm a big fan of the series, and it seemed like this would be a great way to revisit the hey-day of the show and tide myself over until the revival started. I'd have to say that the book was really fun overall! It was nice seeing references to parts of the series and the return ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is a bunch of short stories written by different authors using characters from The X-Files. It's like a bunch of episodes. Some kept my attention, and some lost me. The short stories' classifications are varied including mystery, horror-ish, supernatural, sci-fi, etc. Overall, I didn't like more than I did. There are a couple of good ones in there, but I forgot to mark which titles I liked best. I've seen a little of the show, but I'm not an expert on it; so, I can't say how well it portray ...more
Katee Scarlett Knittle
I love the X-Files. I have watched it since I was born basically. I was three years old when the first movie came out and my parents took me and my older brothers to the theater to see it. For the next 6 months, I spent my days telling everyone who would listen the entire plot of the movie. My famous childhood phrase around my grandparents was "And now we will talk about the X-Files." (I hear that story a lot.) I still sight Agent Dana Scully as who I want to be when I grow up and I am almost 21 ...more
Rachel Bohlen
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
The stories in this book are really hit or miss. Some are great and really capture the characterization of Mulder and Scully.
Others... Not so much. As other readers have commented, this book is very poorly edited. Not just grammar/typos, but continuity - the first date in the story says 1994, but then the next page says 1995. There were at least two stories where there were errors about what character was speaking. There are also X-Files continuity problems. I'll be honest - I'm a pretty diehard
Melissa White
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
2.5 Stars

Ok I am a pretty die hard X Files fan and I actually only read 3 of the stories and I had to stop. Honestly, I have read fanfiction that was so much better than the stories in this book. The only reason I gave this book 3 stars rather than 2 was due to Kevin J Anderson's story at the end. That one was good but I have read his other X Files novels so I suspected his story would be excellent.

The editing (or severe lack of!) in this book is also terrible. Did no one even read the first fe
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Really fun stuff for the die-hard fan. But there were so many typos that I found myself wondering if aliens with little knowledge of English grammar had edited it!
Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF at 30%. The stories were so boring and both Mulder and Scully felt out of character every time. A lot of these were stories similar to something that happened on the show, so nothing felt original or interesting. It gets really old having Scully believe nothing and Mulder believe everything. There’s only so many times Scully can not see the sparkling vampire. Also yes, there was a parody of Twilight in this. This is bad fanfiction.
Angus McKeogh
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve read a story here and a story there over a pretty good amount of time in this collection of stories. Some I remember being great; much like watching an episode of the show. Some missed the mark by a bit or didn’t seem authentic enough. But overall I’ve felt that I’ve never had a hesitancy in picking up the book and moving on to the next story, which is as good a sign as any.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Paranormal Quest and Statues the best. They were the most X File ish.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was so bad! I loved the original X-Files books and thought that this modern reboot of the books would be awesome. Boy, was I wrong. This was so poorly edited, it comes across as not having been edited at all. Out of all the stories in here, I was only interested by two. Mulder and Scully felt out of character and the cases felt forced. A few stories centered around Skinner and only Skinner. I don't even like Skinner. This one was a complete disappointment.
Alisha Webster
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some stories were great and some were meh. Still enjoyed it.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: _own-audiobook
I’m a X-files fan, and most of the stories were entertaining. I’d consider this anthology maybe a four star. I’ve knocked a complete star off to reflect the needlessly pornographic story of a lizard who extracts underage girls ovaries with his tongue. It’s one thing to elicit shock value to further the plot and another entirely to do the same thing with zero impact on the story. The publishers should be ashamed of themselves for this story.
Dave Suscheck
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Trust No One . . . Especially the editor. There were a few solid stories, but my biggest hangup was the fact each story had numerous editing errors. Some were simple double typed words, some were larger formatting issues, and all the errors took away from the stronger stories and were easily spotted. There were a couple stories that felt really like the show and were able to embody the characters, yet on the flip side of that there were stories that didn't. They just featured facsimiles named Mu ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Yes, I want to believe... This was a fun collection, pretty good for the most part. There were several line-editing errors that detracted from some of the stories, such as the dates or times in the story headers not matching what was happening in the story itself, or words placed incorrectly. Overall, the book was a lot like a season of the show with good episodes and bad episodes and some things that didn't quite make sense when you tried to fit all the pieces together. I especially liked the s ...more
Michael Parrish
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Quality was hit and miss, but it sure was good to be back in the 'trenches' with Mulder and Scully. The highlight was the return of Kevin J Anderson to the literary versions of the Special Agents, and he hasn't lost any stride there.
Blair Hodgkinson
This is a moderately enjoyable collection of short stories based on the X-Files story formula. Some of the stories are better than others, but overall it's an enjoyable experience.
Matt Spaulding
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must for any X-Files fan. Every single story in this collection was great.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Still listening. I'll update this as I go.

Should have read the reviews before I clicked purchase. I expected a full length novel in the world of the TV show, this is a series of short stories, mostly problematic.

Intro: The editor goes to great length to take pride in the contributors' knowledge of FBI procedure, etc, but I see no evidence of that in the stories I've heard so far. The only procedural element that stands out so far is that they often eat something before doing their work. That's
Chris Esposo
A mixed bag of X-Files pastiche, none of which are officially in-canon. What most of the stories do right is to accentuate the Sherlock/Watson relationship between Mulder and Scully, and this comes off more so because of the nature of the medium, a written anthology. A couple of minor nitpicks about the editor, a few stories contained some anachronisms, like Skinner using a "phone" to research an obscure piece of art, when the story was supposed to take place sometime in Season 2 or 3, which was ...more
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT &

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