Raise your hand if you would have survived The X-Files fandom without the benefit of fanfiction. Nobody? I didn’t think so. With a show like The X-Files, in which so much is left unsaid, fanfiction is practically instrumental to our sanity in the face of 1013’s shenanigans. I’m bowled over by the insanely talented writers who join the XF fic writing ranks everyday.
But with the revival looming, I’m also really hoping some of my favorite fic writers of yore are encouraged to make a reappearance. And so I wondered, “What’s up with them?” That’s why I’m launching what I hope will be a series of conversations with XF fic writers, mostly older but some new, as well. I decided to start with Penumbra, who is so well-known, she’s almost a cliche. Her prose has a lyrical quality that’s unmistakable, and whether you love it or hate it, you’ve undoubtedly stumbled across her “Parabiosis” story at some point.
But where is she today? I caught up with Penumbra from her perch in the very plausible state of Oregon.