Blood and Ink

Blood and Ink

Blood and Ink

Short Story by Kate MacLeod



Sequestered behind screens, shielded from the world, Shiori hates the life of a noblewoman in Heian-Kyo.

She endlessly paints the mountain home she misses. She longs to convey all, the sights and sounds and even the smells.

Then she finds a most evocative technique, one that costs her dear.

A story from the ornately structured world of tenth century Japan about an unusually committed artist.


Kate MacLeod lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a cat, although they may head further north soon, as the winters in Minnesota just don’t get cold enough anymore.

Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Stranger Horizons, Abyss & Apex, A Fly in Amber, Aoife’s Kiss, Beyond Centauri and Allegory as well as the Warrior Wisewoman 2 anthology.

Her short story “Din Ba Din” was an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 31st Edition as well as The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2014 and was on Locus magazine’s recommended reading list for 2013 and is will be appearing in the Bulgarian magazine Terra Fantastica.