A review surfaced, and lo, mine is a story singled out as one of six within the antho which the reviewer says she LOVED. To wit, she says:
"Rum Pelt Stilt’s Skin, by Alma Alexander
A Rumpelstiltskin variant – it's the king that's really the problem. Strong tone shift toward horror (which I prefer) from the bubblegum fantasy stories that preceded it, and very cleverly done. I'll have to check out more from this author."