Most probably you are right, Bob. And that just adds to the fun of it.
The Weird Magazine editor randomly picking something from the junk-folder. „All right, it `s terrible but I have to make up the next issue somehow. So let `s take that stupid ape story.“
And back home that Rimel goes: „Yes! They accepted it, they like it! I knew it was awesome, I should write more stuff like this. But what `s that sillytalk about an ape? What `s supposed to be so horrific about that? Didn `t I make perfectly clear it was an oppossum?“
Someone should make a movie about that...
Yeah, this is pretty firmly a case of the writers bringing their C game. The premise is a good one, but the execution terrible. There are SO MANY other ways you could have played this out without the stupid reveal. I read this story ages ago and always thought it could have a great homo-erotic ending in that the dude has put his head on the body of a hot WOMAN to fulfill his ultimate, twisted fantasy. In the end, the transformation would have been a twisted act of love. When I first read this story, that's what I thought the small foot in the shoe alluded to.
Good story, eh?
Now that IS twisted.