Kij Johnson’s weird, disturbing, unsettling fantasy story “Ponies.”
Source: Her website (where you can find more of her stuff!)
I loooove Kij Johnson’s short stories. They’re fantastic and unsettling and bizarre. They will challenge how you think and almost always take a turn you don’t expect.
“Ponies” is one I remember reading years ago. I’d read some of her other stuff. It was dark and creepy and sometimes abrasive (in a good way). But then I saw the title “Ponies” and thought, “Surely this one will be ok!”
Just… just see for yourself.
And if you like that one, go to her website and read more of her work. I swear I don’t know this writer personally; I just really enjoy her work.