matt cahill


Advance praise:

   "Twisting and turning between rock musician Kris and ‘house cleanser’ Jill, Radioland serves up a terrifying, dangerous and electrifying tale that pinpoints where we belong and who we belong to. A wildly weird look at an off-kilter world full of crime and fear, Matt Cahill’s new novel will keep you up at night wondering what’s real and what isn’t.” – Michelle Berry, author of Everything Turns Away and The Prisoner and the Chaplain


Library 2022 (Lisa de Nikolits, the Minerva Reader, 25/11/2022)
"A triumph in psychological-disaster storytelling, Radioland blasts across the airwaves with an enviable power and originality."

Matt Cahill, Radioland (Emily Breitkopf, Ampersand Review, 22/11/2022)
"The world of Radioland is vivid, and its character driven story makes you want to learn all there is to know about Kris and Jill, and all the interesting side characters that go along with them. Radioland lets you reap the rewards with an explosive ending as these characters finally face their demons head on. It has magic. It has murder. It has music. It has everything I was looking for and it is a literary thriller you are definitely not going to want to miss."


Music, magic, madness, and murder combine in Matt Cahill’s sophomore novel, Radioland (Steven W. Beattie, That Shakespearean Rag, 05/01/2023)
A great discussion between Steven W. Beattie and Matt Cahill about his novel Radioland.

E317 with MATT CAHILL (Jamie Tennant, Get Lit, 15/12/2022)
Matt talks to Jamie Tennant about Radioland.

Here and Now Afternoon Book Club: Matt Cahill (Gill Deacon, Here and Now Toronto with Gill Deacon, 01/11/2022)
Gill Deacon spoke with Toronto author Matt Cahill about his latest book, Radioland for Here and Now’s Tuesday afternoon book club.

MATT CAHILL + ROBERT HARRIS + STAN LEE (Richard Crouse, House of Crouse, 16/10/2022)
On this week’s Richard Crouse Show we meet Matt Cahill.


11 Canadian books to get the music lover this holiday season (CBC Books, 30/11/2022)
Matt's book makes this great roundup.

Editors' Picks for November 2022 (49th Shelf, 05/11/2022)
Matt's novel makes this round up books to see you through the greyest month.

OCTOBER BOOK COVERS WE LOVE! (Spine Magazine, 27/10/2022)
It's exciting to Matt's cover on this list of great book covers for October from Spine Magazine.

New Books: 11 October 2022 (Locus, 11/10/2022)
Radioland is included in this great roundup!

40 Canadian books we can't wait to read in October (CBC Books, 04/10/2022)
Great to see Matt's novel included in this roundup.

65 works of Canadian fiction to watch for in fall 2022 (CBC Books, 06/09/2022)
It's wonderful to see Radioland on the CBC list of fiction to watch for this fall!

* Available now! *

You can read more about RADIOLAND on my publisher's site (where you can also order it): Wolsak & Wynn

You can also grab the ebook here

You can also bug your local independent bookstore or local library to order it for you.

You can also pre-order it from these folks, too:



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    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.

    Radioland is Matt Cahill's second novel, and steps further into the metaphysical social realism he has employed in his short fiction as well as in his debut novel, The Society of Experience, which Harper's Bazaar magazine picked as one of the best of fall 2015.