I don’t work with horror much, it’s not a genre I enjoy, but as I have mentioned before, the line between horror and humor can be a fine one. Sometimes a story that was probably written as a light-hearted approach to social critique strikes genuine terror into me. This is one of those times. The fine folks at Escape Artists Inc. did not publish this as a Halloween piece, and obviously saw it as speculative fiction, not horror, otherwise they would have published it through PseudoPod rather than Escape Pod.
But it horrified me.