Oklahoma

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Title: Oklahoma
Author(s): Amperage and Livengoo
Date(s): 1996
Length: 156,304 words
Genre: gen fic, casefile, Muldertorture
Fandom: The X-Files
External Links: Oklahoma @The Annex
Oklahoma @Gossamer
Oklahoma @IOHO (via Wayback)
Oklahoma @Ebook Library

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Oklahoma was an influential novel in the early years of The X-Files fandom. It is set before the canon of the series and provided quite a bit of Mulder fanon. The story shows him as a profiler on a difficult serial killer case before he discovered the X-Files. When Mulder is sent by BSU to Oklahoma to crack the case, it spells the end of his time as a criminal profiler and propels him toward a different path that leads from his pre-XF days right to where we later meet him on the show. Angst, angst, Muldertorture, more angst and the one story everyone remembers all these years later.

Summary: "It's 1987 and the Oklahoma cops have an unsolvable case. Fox Mulder, golden boy of the VCU, is called in to stop the murders of children across the state. What he finds takes him places he never wanted to go and forces him to make the pivotal choice of his life."

The novel was written in 1995. The first of 41 parts was posted Jan 21, 1996 to the newsgroup alt.tv.x-files.creative and a new part was posted every day. The novel is more than 150,000 words long.

From the introduction:
Hiya, folks! This is for all of you who wondered what happened to Amp after Therapy II and Goo after Corpse, not to mention the lost souls crying out for Colors.
So, you ask, where HAVE Amp and Goo been? Home! Slaving our little fingers off writing Oklahoma.
So what, besides the obvious, is Oklahoma? Back in January '95 Amperage ran a riveting story called The Sacrifice, in which she made passing mention of a Mulder case, years in the past, with an eviscerated child, and Mulder writing the impossible profile. It was the turning point in 1987, where VICAP and BSU overwhelmed him and hot-shot young Fox Mulder started to turn away and explore the fringes of the X-Files.
Back in June, Amp let me get my slimy lawyer fingers on her history for Mulder, and expand on that a bit. She gave me some history and some details, and I was hooked. I wanted more and I whined for it in the classic manner.
And then. . . .
Amp sent along a gritty, gorgeous opening like nothing I'd seen, with an idea out of an English Lit. major's dreams - help her write Oklahoma, and brace that baby around the poems of T.S.Eliot. How could I say no? EVERYTHING went on the back burner when the new piece of Oklahoma needed to be written. And it's hot.
If you ask me what this story's about, I'd tell you it's about transitions. Those key points when you stop being one thing and become another. In this case, it's Mulder's transition from what he was to what we see in the X-Files. And transitions from one kind of society to another, one level of awareness to another. I'm sure Amp has her own ideas of what this story's about, but she keeps her own council.
Fair warning time. This story isn't nice and it isn't kind. It's hot and rolling, and violent and full of disturbing notions. NC-17 for violence and language, oh my yes. And if you didn't like Therapy or Corpse, I doubt you'll like Oklahoma. You've been warned.[1]

Awards

Winner of 1996 Spooky for Best Action/Adventure (First Place), Best Drama (Second Place), Best Mulder Characterization (Third Place), and Best Portrayal of Mulder Angst (First Place). Winner 1996 EMXC Awards for Best Horror, Best Novel, and Best Drama.

Wombat's parody The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Mulders presents Oklahoma!Mulder as one of two case studies to illustrate the true extent of Mulderabuse in the X-Files fandom: This sad Mulder, recently found by ASPCM workers, spent his first few weeks in our care centre hiding under his desk and emerging only for takeout. He was terrified that ASPCM carers would make him return to Amperage and Livengoo fanfic 'Oklahoma'.[2]

References

  1. From Livengoo's introduction to Oklahoma, 21 January 1996. (Accessed 24 November 2009)
  2. ASPCM - The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Mulders, 06 June 2000. (Accessed 27 November 2009)
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