Short Stories

 

"Oxford Girl," Mississippi Noir, edited by Tom Franklin, Akashic Books, 2016. Nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.

"Girlie Show," In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, edited by Lawrence Block, Pegasus, 2016.

"Little Men," A Bibliomystery, edited by Otto Penzler, 2015. Nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America and winner of the Anthony and Macavity Awards and was chosen for The Best American Mystery Stories of 2016, edited by ElizabethGeorge and Otto Penzler.

"My Heart Is Either Broken," Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Tor Books, 2013. This story was shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Prize and was chosen for The Best American Mystery Stories of 2014, edited by Laura Lippmanand Otto Penzler.

"All I Want Is Everything," Speed Chronicles, edited by Joseph Mattson, Akashic Books, 2011

"The Girl," LA Noire, edited by Jonathan Santlofer, Mulholland Books, Little, Brown, 2011

"Snowberries," Mysterious Bookshop (Limited Edition), 2010

"It's Like a Whisper," Phoenix Noir, Akashic Books, 2009

"Cheer," Storyglossia, The Crime/Noir Issue, Issue 28, May 2008

"Hollywood Lanes,"Queens Noir, Akashic Books, 2007

"Our Eyes Never Stopped Opening," Detroit Noir, Akashic Books, 2007 (reprinted in USA Noir: The Best of Akashic Noir, 2013)

"Today We Hit," Wall Street Noir, Akashic Books, 2007

"Policy,"Damn Dear Dead: An Anthology of Geezer NoirBusted Flush Press, 2006

Megan also edited  A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir, featuring original tales by 25 mystery and crime authors

 
 
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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 HendricksMiami Purity, and Intro for herFlorida Gothic Stories.
 

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Articles

Megan’s Afterword at the Paris Review for the new reissue of the noir classic, In a Lonely Place.

Best TV Moment of 2016

Megan’s piece on the Year in Reading for the Millions.

Megan’s Sunday Routine in the NY Times

Homage to author Lois Duncan in The Guardian

“Why Are We So Obsessed with Gymnasts?” at Elle

Megan’s essay on the movie Laura for the Library of America

Megan’s ode to actress Nancy Allen and director Brian De Palma

Megan’s Criterion Top Ten

Megan's essay in Salon on female desire and noir.

Megan's article "Friday Night Lights: An Appreciation of The Cheerleader.

Megan's review of A Curious Man for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Megan's essay in Salon on female desire and noir.

Megan's article "Friday Night Lights: An Appreciation of The Cheerleader.

Megan's review of A Curious Man for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Megan's New York Times feature on the cheerleader in popular culture.

Megan's piece on the All-American Girl here.

Megan's New York Times article on Pleasant Avenue here.

Megan's essay in Salon on Tatum O'Neal and the Plight of Celebrity Daughters

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 Road 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 a special final episode of the esteemed Out of the Past podcast series.