The Killing of
"I'm a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing.”
That's what William Faulkner wrote in 'The Sound and the Fury'. I have a different view though. To me, the short story is a novel that simply didn't grow up. So, here are some ideas that were never going to develop into more than a few thousand words.