Short Stories

Hell of a WomanQueens NoirDetroit NoirWall Street Noir

A Hell of a Woman

An Anthology of Female Noir, edited by Megan Abbott. Original stories by Christa Faust, Alison Gaylin, Sara Gran, Vicki Hendricks, Naomi Hirahara, Donna Moore, S. J. Rozan, Sandra Scoppettone, Zoe Sharp, Ken Bruen, Allan Guthrie, Charlie Huston, Daniel Woodrell, among others. 2007, Busted Flush Press. Hardback and paperback.

Queens Noir


Megan Abbott's story "Hollywood Lanes" appears in the Robert Knightly edited collection featuring stories by Denis Hamil, Alan Gordon, Joe Gugliemelli and more. 2008, Akashic Noir, eBook and paperback.

Detroit Noir


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. 2007, Akashic Noir, eBook and paperback.

Wall Street Noir


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 more. 2007, Akashic Noir, eBook and paperback.

Damn Near Dead


Megan Abbott's Anthony-nominated story, "Policy," appears in this anthology edited by Duane Swierczynski with an introduction by James Crumley. The story became the basis for her novel Queenpin.2006, Busted Flush Press. Hardback and paperback.


Additional Stories




Megan has a new dark tale, "The Girl," featured in the new LA Noire anthology from Mulholland Books to accompany the blockbuster new videogame from RockStar Games. Read an excerpt here, and read about the project's incarnation on Megan's blog here.


Megan's writing also appears in:

Foreward to Daniel Woodrell's Tomato Red

Phoenix Noir (2009), edited by Patrick Millikin

Storyglossia: The Crime/Noir Issue edited by Anthony Neil Smith. Megan's story "Cheer" nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Listen to the story here.

Foreword to Reed Farrel Coleman's Walking the Perfect Square

Afterword for Vicki Hendricks' Miami Purity, and Intro for her Florida Gothic Stories.


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