Kris is an alt-rock musician who abruptly drops out of his popular band to rake over an unprocessed trauma from his childhood; Jill is an outcast who operates in the shadows of the city, cursed with a dangerous type of magic that draws mysterious strangers to her. By chance, they start a correspondence with each other and a strange relationship begins—one that coils around their lives like a macabre spell. As they share their stories with one another, they each approach the source of their misery and risk losing themselves, even their lives, in a darkness that seems destined for them.
Everything Jill senses tells an intense story, so she numbs herself with alcohol to keep her head clear, hoping she’ll meet someone who can tell her how she came to be the way she is. Kris struggles to maintain his grip on reality as he pulls apart the threads that make up his identity.
Working through fallen mentors, splintered identities, and substance dependency, the two of them try to help each other make sense of their lives, though it may ultimately reveal one of them as a serial murderer.
Radioland explores the absurdity of fame, the toxicity of trauma, and the morbid dangers unearthed as we seek a greater understanding of ourselves.
Publication: Fall 2022
Wolsak & Wynn/Buckrider Books
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“The Society of Experience is a psychological journey through the abandoned corridors of the
human spirit.” –Harper’s Bazaar, 15 Best Books of Fall 2015
“A swirling confident debut, supported by crisp prose without misstep, and containing many
more original ideas than books three times its slender size. Sly and slippery fun — I thought
of Ben Marcus and J. G. Ballard … writers who say don’t worry I know what I’m doing as they
break from the pack.”
–Tony Burgess, author of Pontypool Changes Everything and The n-Body Problem
“Matt Cahill’s debut novel, The Society of Experience, explores the dangers of magical thinking
in a most entertaining way. Both thoughtful and humorous, twisty and fun, this is transporting
storytelling (in more ways than one).”
–Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist and The Damned