Megan's new blog
review of Robert Crais's novel The Sentry in the Los
Angeles Review of Books
crime fiction's complicated new heroines in the Los Angeles Times
You in the Darkness," Megan's essay on the Mulholland Books
essay on Los Angeles noir and
actress Carla Gugino in the Los Angeles Times
Megan's interview with Robert Crais in the LA Times Magazine
Abbott and Sara Gran's article "Dark
Family: V.C. Andrews and the Secret Life of
Girls" in The
Read Megan's take on
the classic movie,
Clash By Night and
Private Hell 36 on
Noir of the Week
Watch the DVD
release of noir classic
House with Ida Lupino and Richard Widmark. The special
DVD package includes interviews with Megan Abbott, Eddie Muller,
Foster Hirsch and more.
Listen to Megan Abbott join Shannon Clute and Richard
Edwards in discussing the film noir classic In a Lonely Place on
special final episode
of the esteemed Out of the Past podcast series.
Megan's writing also
Also, check out the
Foundation to read Megan Abbott's new column in its
publication, The Sentinel, and
The Rap Sheet, a
crime fiction blog Megan Abbott has joined as a contributor.
Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir, edited by
Introduction by Val McDermid
Eddie Muller's story is now
a motion picture!
Daniel Woodrell's story, "Uncle,"
nominated for Edgar and Anthony Awards.
story, "Hungry Enough" winner of 2008 Shamus Award.
"The newest anthology from Busted Flush Press features two-dozen
stellar stories starring a wide variety of unforgettable female
protagonists ... A loving homage to female crime-fiction authors
and female-powered noir fiction ... A Hell of a Woman is not
only an exceptionally entertaining anthology, it's an invaluable
resource that will be cherished by aficionados of the genre."
"The problem with many anthologies is that certain stories
feel like they’re coasting. Usually, these stories come from the
biggest names in the anthology. But here, everyone’s on form
from the names you know down to the names you don’t. They’re all
on board and running with the idea of femininity as a concept,
an actuality, a myth… something to embrace and something to be
terrified of. In fact, what makes this anthology stand out is
the fact that the crime elements of the stories are incidental
to the theme. . . . No question, this is one of the strongest
anthologies I’ve read in a long time. In fact, the first I’ve
digested in one sitting. But with the incredible array of
writers and the sheer variety of stories involved, I can
heartily recommend picking up A Hell of a Woman."
"A superior collection... Megan Abbott has assembled a
talented list of contributors who deliver inspired
—George Pelecanos (The Night Gardener)
Hell of a Woman is a brilliant and riveting new take on
noir—a 21st century Female noir. Tales of resilient women faced
with life's cards, shuffling and dealing the deck their own way.
The tensions notch, the plots twist in a stranglehold, and it's
one hell of an anthology."
—Cara Black (Murder on the
"Beautiful, bold and bloody—the dames in this collection
rock, and when they do, heads roll. This anthology of compelling
stories about members of the 'fairer sex' with a proclivity for
deadly schemes is a must-read for all lovers of noir. Each story
is a gem.
—Carolyn Haines (Penumbra, Fever Moon)
"A Hell of a Woman is an outstanding crime
fiction anthology that not only consistently and
thoroughly entertains, but also makes an important contribution
to the literature of the genre."
—Jason Starr (The
"The next time some jackass smirks and tells me that women
can't write noir, I'm going to knock him upside the head with a
copy of A Hell of a Woman. Megan Abbott, our leading
Queenpin of crime, has assembled a powerhouse collection of
noir by the best dames in the business. (And the stories by the
dudes ain't half bad, either.) I've fallen hard for this antho,
even though it's destined to clean out my savings account, sleep
with my best friend and break my heart."
"As a statement on contemporary noir and as a barometer
of the culture, A Hell of a Woman tells the whole story
and then some."
—Woody Haut (Neon Noir: Contemporary
American Crime Fiction)
Lynne Barrett, Charlotte Carter, Christa
Faust, Alison Gaylin, Sara Gran, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Vicki
Hendricks, Naomi Hirahara, Annette Meyers, Donna Moore, Vin
Packer, Rebecca Pawel, Cornelia Read, Lisa Respers France, SJ
Rozan, Sandra Scoppettone, Zoë Sharp, Sarah Weinman, Ken Bruen,
Stona Fitch, Allan Guthrie, Charlie Huston, Eddie Muller, and
Odes to favorite women of noir
Jeff Abbott, Jamie Agnew (Aunt Agatha's), Charles Ardai,
Alafair Burke, Bonnie Claeson and Joe Guglielmelli, Shannon
Clute and Richard L. Edwards, Reed Farrel Coleman, Bill Crider,
David Corbett, Maria DiBattista, Sean Doolittle, Christa Faust,
Meg Gardiner, Woody Haut, Charlie Huston, Daniel Judson, Harley
Jane Kozak, Laura Lippman, Don Malcolm, Barbara Peters (Poisoned
Pen), Robert Randisi, Jonathan Santlofer, Theresa Schwegel,
Kevin Burton Smith, Peter Spiegelman, Jason Starr , Wallace
Stroby, Brian Thornton, Tribe, Lisa Unger, Robert Ward, Sarah
Weinman, Stephen Whitty (Newark Star Ledger)
Megan Abbott's story "Our Eyes Never Stopped Opening" appears in
the E.J. Olsen and John C. Hocking edited collection featuring
stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Loren Estleman, Dorene O'Brien,
P.J. Parrish and more.
Megan Abbott's story "Hollywood Lanes" appears in the Robert
Knightly edited collection featuring stories by Denis Hamil,
Alan Gordon, Joe Gugliemelli and more.
Megan Abbott's story "Today We Hit" appears in this
anthology edited by Peter Spiegelman and featuring superb
stories by Reed Farrel Coleman, Jason Starr, Twist Phelan and
Megan Abbott's Anthony-nominated story, "Policy," appears in
this wonderful anthology edited by Duane Swierczynski with an
introduction by James Crumley. The story became the basis for