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Pre-order The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2

Pre-order The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2 before 4 March and pay only R125. After the 4th, the price will be R150. The Pre-order promotion is only for print edition, however this volume will also be available as an ebook.

Featuring, the winning story:

Men Are Fools by Obinna Udenwe

And the two stories that were runner-up:

A Night To Remember by Christine Coates

Circles by Mapule Mohulatsi

And these shortlisted stories:

Water by Stephen Embleton

The Wam Bam Man by Adaobi Okwy

For My Brother by Nkosinathi Peme

The Silence of The Morning by Gugu Mary Tizita McLaren

Parallels of Yesterday by Thato Magano

Lasanian Tonic by Evan Morris

Nowhere Man by Pamela Moeng

 Exorcising Betty by Khalid Salleh

For more information about this Title and more of our books, contact us via email.

Mark Bould reviews A Killing in the Sun for Los Angeles Review of Books

AKillingintheSunBookI was so excited to hear about this review from Rachel Zadok. As she said, this is great for South African indie publishing and excellent for African SF.

Dilman is a great storyteller and as a publisher I’m happy that this work is getting the recognition it deserves.

Mark Bould has reviewed Dilman Dila’s A Killing in the Sun for the Los Angeles Review of books.

Dila, an award-winning Ugandan filmmaker, is also the author of what may well be the first single-author collection of African SF. The 10 stories in A Killing in the Sun are almost perfectly poised between the robustness of genre fiction and the more literary concern with ambiguity so frequently evident in Terra Incognita. Dila’s fiction returns repeatedly to the intersections of SF and fantasy, science and belief, superstition and traditional/indigenous knowledge, and to the intersectionality of identity.

Terra Incognita, edited by Nerine Dorman and published by Short Story Day Africa, was also reviewed.

Terra Incognita is not only the most accomplished of the African SF anthologies published so far but also undoubtedly the most literary, an intention signaled by Dorman’s decision to plump for “speculative fiction” as the “SF” of her subtitle.

Dilman also had a story in this collection  “How My Father Became a God,” which Bould says “is one of the strongest stories in the collection.”

read the rest of the review on the LARB website

Follow Dilman’s work on his blog here.

 A Killing In The Sun is available in print and ebook format from Amazon, Createspace and Smashwords. Enquiries for direct orders can be sent to us at

call for poetry submissions: Poetry Potion #9


To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palms of your hand
And eternity in an hour.

William Blake

Print quarterly number nine will be titled:

infinite wonders

This is a call for poetry, essays, visual art and interviews… read more on Poetry Potion

Call for Submissions: The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story – volume two

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Okello’s Honeymoon by Dilman Dila – Friday the 13th Story

Available online, only for today, is Dilman Dila’s short story, Okello’s Honeymoon. this story is featured in Dilman Dila’s debut short story collection A Killing in the Sun.

I proposed to Meg at the lakeside. We were sitting on a rock that jutted out onto the water, watching the sun drop behind a half-submerged canoe. The waves sang as they crashed onto the shore. Birds chirped as they hunted for fish. Mosquitoes and lake flies buzzed around us. It was just the two of us in the wilderness. I took out the ring and held it in front of her. It gleamed in the dying light of the day, like a true diamond, though it was a cheap aluminum piece of artwork that a friend had fashioned for me. She said yes.

It struck me as odd that I had proposed to a girl whose family I had never met. She said they lived in Merikit, a small town ten miles from my home, and that I would meet them during the kwanjula, the traditional marriage ceremony where I would pay her father a dowry. I brushed aside the alarm bells, and trusted everything she told me. I was madly in love… click here to read more.

A Killing in the Sun

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A Killing In The Sun Author, Dilman Dila is coming to SA

dilman berlinale talents 2014We’re so pleased to announce that Dilman Dila will be in SA from the 12th of March till the 21st to speak at the Goethe Institut’s Literary Crossroads and at the UKZN CCA’s 18th Time of the Writer Festival.

details here

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Available at Amazon, Createspace, Smashwords and Book Lover’s Market

Book Lover’s Market is hiring: Mobile Sales Rep

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Over the past few years we have been running pop up stores at the Word N Sound live poetry events, Soweto Arts and Craft Fair as well as other places in Johannesburg and Pretoria. We’d now like to reach more book lovers and bridge the gap between online and offline in a more fun way with regular pop up stores. This is why we’re looking for a book lover, sales-intelligent somebody to help us with this next step.

to read more go to our blog at Book Lover’s Market

book trailer: A Killing in the Sun by Dilman Dila

A Killing in the Sun by Dilman Dila (excerpt)

The short story, A Killing in the Sun was shortlisted by the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2013. This is the title story of the debut collection by storyteller, Dilman Dila.

A Killing in the Sun: As a soldier faces the firing squad, a Sunday school lesson, and memories of his childhood, turn his execution into a horror.


A Killing in the Sun

The trial ended, but the firing squad could not proceed. The doctor was missing. After thirty minutes without word of his whereabouts, the sun became furious. It suspected the soldiers were only putting on a show and would release Mande when public interest in the case evaporated, so it tried to execute him.

In defiance to the sun, Mande did not sweat. Even after standing for three hours in the heat, the only sign that it troubled him was the frown on his face. You could mistake it for fear, especially when he eyed the prosecutor who stood directly opposite him.

He loathed the prosecutor’s uniform, that plain green shirt of educated officers. The symbol of girly soldiers who spoke English instead of Swahili. The mark of cowards who had no experience in battle. Of fools who returned from exile to assume powerful military positions. Idiots who owed their existence to the President’s insane plan of ‘professionalizing’ the army.

He liked the three judges. They sat to his right, at a desk borrowed from the primary school; the court martial was hosted on its playground. The three giant potbellied frogs squeezed into a tiny desk built for children. Still, they were real men. They were brave fighters. They brushed off the irritations of the terrible sun and appeared to be relaxed. Though they had sentenced him to death, Mande hoped they would let him go. They were true soldiers. Like he was. They wore battle gear, not plain shirts. They also hated the prosecutor and they despised their new roles as judges even more. Mande could see it on their faces, hear it in their voices, smell it in their sweat. Each minute that passed without sign of the doctor increased his hope that it was a trick to save him.

continue reading on the Black Letter Media blog

 978-0-9870198-7-5  A Killing in the Sun

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available at Book Lover’s Market, Smashwords, Amazon, (Createspace within a day), other outlets coming soon.

New Book: Black Letter Media publishes A Killing in the Sun by Dilman Dila

In 2013, Dilman Dila‘s short story, A Killing in the Sun was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This year, we bring you his debut short story collection titled featuring ten stories in the speculative fiction genre. that draw from Africa’s riulture.

A Killing in the Sun draws from Africa’s rich culture.

“I chose to tackle these issues in sci-fi and fantasy for these genres give us unlimited possibilities to explore human nature,” says Dilman Dila who also has two novellas published and is a filmmaker.



This collection is launching in September at Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi, Kenya and in Kampala, Uganda.

read more on the Black Letter Media blog