The short story as a form has been ‘dying’ for at least as long as the publishing industry has. An article can’t mention it without saying it is “moribund” or in “rude health”. People either devour them, or ignore them. But what is it about the humble short that divides opinion so? Short stories have had a huge impact on popular culture. Some of the greatest writers, such as Edgar Allen Poe, practiced the form exclusively. Others, including Anton Chekhov, Luis Borges, Stephen King, Franz Kafka, William Trevor and Kurt Vonnegut count their shorter pieces as some of their finest work.