A Fish Called Krycek

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Title: A Fish Called Krycek
Publisher: IIBNF Press
Date(s): 1997
Medium: Print/Online
Fandom: X-Files
Language: English
External Links: A Fish Called Krycek
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A Fish Called Krycek is a X-Files slash 73-page novel by Sarah Bellum. The story is a Mulder/Krycek AU with Krycek as a merman and Mulder as an marine biologist who works for an aquarium.

Jim/Blair from the Sentinel and Fraser/Ray (which one?) from due South are mentioned in passing, both pairings are mermen like Krycek.


The story was published as a print fanzine together with two short missing scenes/spin offs by other authors.

A copy of this zine came free with eXposure #1.

The zine has 72 pages. Art by Melanie and Bernice.

  • A Fish Called Krycek by Sarah Bellum (39,000 words)
  • Fish Fucked Fabulous by Maria M (550 words)
  • I'm Dreaming of a Mer-Christmas by Jane Symons (600 words)

Flyer Description

Flyer wording supplied by Gillian Middleton -- "She recommends reading in a dramatic tone of voice as preferred by deep voiced men who announce upcoming movie attractions." .
Coming soon to a zine near you!
Fox Mulder as Fox Mulder. Rules are meant to be broken, and this ichthyologist breaks them all!
Dana Scully as Dana Scully. What terrible secrets does Mulder's boss keep, and for what price?
Walter Skinner as Walter Skinner. How far will this mild mannered accountant go to keep the woman he loves?
And Guest Starring, Alex Krycek as A Fish Called Krycek! What secrets dwell behind this enigmatic face??
An Alternate universe story of epic proportions bought to you by the author of 'Sympathy For The Devil’. This story has everything: drama, fish, romance, fish, hot, steamy sex, and of course, fish! For anyone who's ever dreamed a dream, chased a fantasy, or fancied a fish, this story reaches the pinnacle in a love that dares not squeak its name![1]

The Print Zine's Foreword

WARNING: Contains M/M slash, piscaphilia, purple prose, sand that doesn't stick to the body, unadulterated self-indulgent fetishist fantasy, fishes, alliteration, and is AU. This story is sappy - big time! (Apart from some deaths, several instances of mutilation, wounding, attempted castration, animal attacks... it's sort of nice anyway...)

Author's Notes: This was never intended for public release, it was only a private joke between my friend Quill and myself. Blame a few of the M/K folks for encouraging me to put this out there - tis all their fault. Maybe I could justify this and say this is a: ' what if the paranormal was an accepted part of life, what would Mulder have done with himself then? story, but that would give too much justification to what is nothing more than self-indulgent drivel on my part I'm fully aware this is so AU that it doesn't really count as M/K. I could change the names and make this original fiction - but I like Mulder's nose, and I like Krycek's everything, so you're stuck with it

Inspired by the Levi's commercial - "This Must Be Underwater. Love", music by Smoke City.

For: Quill, who enjoys a good groper, and who happily listened to me take 5 hours to tell her this story, then convinced me to write it down, encouragement (to get this in print), beta reading, and threats from Katy Deery who demanded - if not a finish, because this doesn't actually have a proper ending - at least a stop. (At least 2 in every 5 M/K stories must be dedicated to Katy D -- it's the

rules dontcha know!). Masturbation scenes added for Niece B. and rimming for Maria M. Thanks to Virginia and Linda for printing and binding, although they probably don't want their names connected with this...



A Fish Called Krycek was nominated for best novel in the Lisa e Krysa Awards in 1999 and it was a well-loved AU at the time, but the story was always a bit controversial because it contains elements that are too close to bestiality for some people. Mulder sees merman!Krycek as an animal, Krycek behaves like an animal, and because we only see Mulder's POV it never becomes unmistakably clear that Krycek isn't an animal. Recommendations often took that into account and pointed out the warning together with the rec.

Reactions and Reviews: From the Author

In 1997, at a site where authors were asked for the story that "made their authors most proud":
I hate this story. I think it's the weakest, dumbest story I've ever written, but it gets me the most feedback. I'm a whore for feedback.[2]
In 2005, the author responded to an initially poor comments of the story at Fic Haters Anonymous: X-Files:
I can't believe it's been nearly 10 years and people are still twatting on about that.[3]
In 2012, the author responded to a positive review of the story at Epic Recs:
Thank you so much for the sweet rec :D That was the first major story I ever wrote, and I was just a teenager (it shows!) and copped a lot of flack for it on and off, but it's still a fun, silly story and it's nice that even nearly 20 years later people still like it.[4]

Reactions and Reviews: From Fans

Absolutely a classic AU, with Krycek as a merman and Fox as a guy with a thing for fucking fishes <g> I won't call it bestiality if you don't! It's an absolutely magical fairy tale and just about my favorite AU of all time."[5]
This is billed by the author as an X-Files AU, but to be honest, I don't see the characters as being the same as on the show. Same names, but not the same people. However, it is interesting. Mulder as a marine biologist, Scully as the aquarium director, Skinner as an accountant(!) ... and Krycek as a mer-man. It's interesting and well written, but if you find the idea of Mulder having sex with someone/something he considers to be an animal, this is probably not for you.[6]
An extreme AU. Really, really extreme, and not for everyone. You can still she the original characters, but they have been changed to fit the author's vision. Krycek is a merman, and Mulder is the scientist studying him. Don't expect anything too serious from this zine, and approach it with a cock-eyed vision of the world.[7]
Warning - In this story Krycek is a MERMAN and Mulder is a Marine Biologist who works at a seaquarium. At no point in this story does Alex ever turn into a human. But it's still a slash story! A fairly sweet and sappy one, at that. If you can't handle that or are offended - for crying out loud don't buy it! :-) I read this zine expecting Alex to turn into a human right up to the very end - he doesn't. It was weirdly fascinating (and well written) and led to some lively and hilarious discussions with my X-Files slash fan friends during MediaWest in Lansing, MI the year I bought it (10 or 12 years ago.) I wanted this to be clear so whoever buys it doesn't come after me with a pitch fork! [8]
In a very alternate universe, marine biologist Fox Mulder locates and revives an injured merman, whom he promptly names Krycek. This story is so original and so unique. I can't rave enough about it. The relationship that develops between Mulder and his merman is a bond so rich and complex that there is never any doubt as to Krycek's sentience or desire for Mulder.[9]
Boy, do I love this story. Lucky as I was to get an advanced glimpse I won't give too much away except to say... Buy this zine! You will not be disappointed! [10]
This story elevates the mind and the mood, bringing happiness and enlightenment wherever it appears. Also, it seems to have great curative powers when used to combat female maladies. In addition to both of these benefits, it is perfect for reading aloud to the ones you love. I leave you with the wisdom of John Ruskin: "No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish." [11]
So far my recs have shown my preference for AUs and crossovers and this story by Bernice is a prime example of an alternative reality/universe. My lack of knowledge of the X-Files and the characters of the show were of no consequence when reading the thrilling tale of marine biologist Fox Mulder whose dreams come true when he gets the call that a stranded merman has been discovered on the beach. In this particular world the existence of merfolk is not a myth and even though everyone knows that they exist, they are rarely seen due to their mistrust of humans.

What makes this story especially interesting is the fact that the merman is not some fantastical creature who changes between human and fish form. He does not speak human speech and his understanding of what is happening is none existent. He tries to explain to himself the events in his own view and knowledge of the world and it is much more like the perception of a creature than a human being.

If you like sea creatures please give this one a chance. And just be warned that yes, this story features inter-species sex.[4]
Found another I adored. For something totally different, try A Fish Called Krycek. It the lovely story of Mulder and his merman, Krycek. Definitely NC-18 and slightly, okay, very strange but so delightfully Mulder. It also has some great fan written sequels and delicious artwork. Enjoy!! [12]
Absolute classic - if you haven't read this yet, do so now.[13]
This was a hysterical story that I would recommend to anyone! Krycek is a merman and Mulder is a marine expert who's been searching for a live one forever. Mulder ends up a bit too obsessed and things get fishy. Go read it and check out the rest of the page.[14]
wow. bad story, fucked-up graphics -- winner all around! [15]
It's so bad, it's good!! [16]
I totally loved that story.[16]
That story by iibnf? Yeah, loved it too.[17]
Well, just read it and it's OK. If you step over a prejudice that Mulder can rim a creature half man half very slender seal.[18]
A Fish Called Krycek is a fantasticly original AU story. It features Fox Mulder, an expert on Mermaids, searching for the first real live one. Things get interesting when he finds a lovely male in the species, who he names Krycek. The two fall in love, but an inter-species relationship is sure to be riddled with problems. Family and friends of the two have interesting reactions to the mates.[19]

Inspired Fanworks

At the end of the main story as it is posted online are several links to inspired works by other fans. Two of these are included in the print zine. "The next couple of piscaphilia stories were unsolicited sequels written by a couple of very wonderful people! To say that these stories made my year would be understating it! I hope you enjoy these lovely little snippets from my friends."



  • Underwater Love, A Sonnet by Raonaid




  1. Double eXposure / A Fish Called Krycek. (Accessed 18 October 2009) Archived October 31, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. from the author at Author's Choice. X-Files Slash: The stories that made their authors most proud. Enjoy these author-chosen gems! Archived April 14, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. March 12, 2005 at Fic_Hate
  4. 4.0 4.1 July 14, 2012 rec at Epic Recs
  5. Winners of the Mort's Fabulous Fiction Award, Archived version, via Wayback. (Accessed 18 October 2009)
  6. The Grotto - Fanfiction Recommendations by Graculus. (Accessed 18 October 2009) Archived October 11, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. [members.aol.com/lynnwfic/xfiles/xfindex.HTML X-Files Fanzines], Archived version. (Accessed 03 November 2010)
  8. from a 2010 comment by a seller on eBay
  9. 'Zine Recs and Reviews, Archived version
  10. January 6, 1998 comment by Gillian Middleton at Ode to Fishy, Archived version
  11. January 16, 1998 comment by Susie at Ode to Fishy, Archived version
  12. February 6, 2009 at Multiple Fandom Fanfic Search: Looking for XF slash and Leverage recs
  13. February 10, 2004 at Ari Reads
  14. April 7, 2006 at Me and Bob Down by the Schoolyard
  15. July 13, 2004 at Fic_Hate
  16. 16.0 16.1 July 15, 2004 at Fic_Hate
  17. March 18, 20045 at Fic_Hate
  18. September 13, 2005 at Fic_Hate
  19. Best Author: 1999, Archived version, 1999