The Basement

The Basement

Welcome to The Basement!

  Down in the Basement is the principal archive of X-Files slash fan fiction. The archives before the Basement were Archive/X and MKRA/MSSS and all the stories archived there are now at the Basement. The Basement is open to new works that are m/m slash. Generally, male/male slash and threesomes, like m/m/f or some variation thereof are accepted.

If you're looking to read or submit f/f or f/f/m slash, visit our sister collection, ScullySlash.

The import of this archive to the AO3 was approved by the OTW Open Doors Committee on 31 July 2016, and began in May 2017.

(Open, Unmoderated)

About The Basement (thebasement)

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This collection contains works originally located at, which were imported to the Archive of Our Own through the Open Doors Project. The archive was moved to AO3 to ensure the stories are always available and so that authors may have complete control of their own works.



If you still have access to the email you used to post your works to The Basement, you should have received an email with the option to claim your works at the time they were imported. If you do not have access to that email account, or did not receive the notification, please contact the moderator at the contact email address listed above.

All unclaimed works are imported as restricted to logged-in AO3 users only, and will be made publicly viewable after a 30-day transition period. If you claimed your works before that period ended, you will need to change the restriction setting.

If you choose to delete your works, be aware that this will break the redirect link from the original archive address. If you have already uploaded a copy of your works to the AO3, please contact the Open Doors Committee after you delete the import copies so that they can reset the redirect link to point to the current version of your work. Please include the work title(s) and current AO3 URL(s).

For questions about using the AO3, please contact AO3 Support. For questions about submitting works to The Basement, please contact the moderator at the email address listed above.



Original archive rules:
Any story involving individuals below the age of eighteen (18) in sexual conduct will not be placed on the archive. It does not matter if they are involved only in sexual exploration with each other, or if they are depicted having sex with an adult. Offers to self-censor or adjust the content will be declined; the archive isn't in the business of editing, and it is quite probable that the content will so permeate the story that removing one specific scene or two will not make a major difference regarding its acceptability.

Snuff stories don't make it in. Any story where a character (XF or original) is killed as a part of the sex act will not be archived. And stories that are not slash are not archived here. For example, MSR (Mulder-Scully Romance) doesn't make it in. Male-female sexual involvement, if not in the context of a bisexual or multiple pairing story of some sort, will be declined.