De Noux publishes audio short story
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – O’Neil De Noux, Southeastern Louisiana University police officer and award-winning short story writer, has published his latest work, “Ankle Biters of Old Arizona; or Attack of the Wild Chihuahuas,” as an audio short story on Sniplits.com.
“Ankle Biters,” which runs slightly more than 21 minutes, tells the story of a crusty trail guide who leads a tenderfoot dime-novelist out of Tombstone, Ariz., on a fool's errand – a search for the elusive wild Chihuahuas in the badlands of the Dragoon Mountains. Written in the vein of the half-dime – or “penny dreadfuls” of the 19th Century – the story is a cross-genre piece, a western-humor story.
Sniplits publishes downloadable audio short stories for devices that play an MP3 file, which includes most PCs and all Macintosh computers. The stories range from less than five minutes to 45 minutes and cover genres such as suspense, romance, humor and adventure.
De Noux – the author of five novels and six short story collections – decided to publish with Sniplets as another outlet for his shorter works and because they use professional actors for the narration.
“The 21st Century offers different and exciting venues for writers,” De Noux said. “Besides audio books, there are online magazines as well as Amazon.com’s Kindle format, allowing writers to publish downloadable books online at considerable savings for readers.
A police investigator with Southeastern’s Police Department, he specializes in mystery stories. His story “The Heart Has Reasons,” which appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, won the Private Eye Writers of America’s 2007 Shamus Award for best short story in private eye fiction. This year, the Short Mystery Fiction Society awarded him the Derringer Award for Best Novelette for his story “Too Wise,” which appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
A native of New Orleans and former detective for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, De Noux moved to the north shore joined the University Police Department at Southeastern in 2006.