Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013

A Killing in the Sun is a collection of speculative fiction from Africa. It draws from the rich oral culture of the author’s childhood, to tell a wide variety of stories. Some are set in a futuristic Africa, where technology has transformed everyday life and a dark force rules. Others are set in the present day, with refugee aliens from outer space, ghosts haunting brides and grooms, evil scientists stalking villages, and greedy corporations creating apocalypses. There are murder mysteries, tales of reincarnation and of the walking dead, and alternative worlds whose themes any reader will identify with. This collection is deftly crafted, running along the thin boundary of speculative and literary genres. 

Dila goes further, explicitly challenging the notion of somehow returning to “life in Africa before the Europeans came.”’


Dilman Dila was long listed for the BBC Radio Playwriting Competition (2014), shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2013) and long listed for the Short Story Day Africa prize (2013). He was nominated for the 2008 Million Writers Awards for his short story, Homecoming. He first appeared in print in The Sunday Vision in 2001. His works have since featured in several literary magazines and anthologies. His most recent works is the novelette, The Terminal Move, and the romance novella, Cranes Crest at Sunset. His films include the masterpiece, What Happened in Room 13 (2007), The Sound of One Leg Dancing (2011) which won him the Jury Award at the Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (2012), and the narrative feature, The Felistas Fable (2013), which was nominated for Best First Feature at Africa Movie Academy Awards 2014. More of his life and works is available at his website 

“This collection is deftly crafted, running along the thin boundary of speculative and literary genres.”

Muuka, Another drop of Ink