The Society of Experience

The Society of Experience

by Matt Cahill
  • debut
  • literary
  • thriller
When his father – a distinguished writer – unexpectedly passes away, Derrick van der Lem’s insulated world implodes, leaving it a much stranger and crueller place than the one he knew. In the midst of his downward spiral, the mysterious Society of Experience asks him to take part in a baffling science experiment involving time travel that promises to change his life and pull him out of his rut. When the experiment begins to untangle, Derrick finds himself out of his depth and in the middle of a nightmare, with only the company of a mysterious woman to steer him from chaos to heartbreak. Meanwhile, who are the Society, and what are their true intentions for Derrick? Is time travel real, or is it yet another contrivance the Society has invented? Part Philip K. Dick, part postmodern mystery, The Society of Experience is an inventive, fast-paced story of a man’s journey through streets, alleyways and deserted buildings in search of a better tomorrow.


Matt Cahill, author

Matt Cahill’s debut novel, the literary thriller The Society of Experience, was picked as one of the top must-reads by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. He has contributed essays to Ryeberg and Torontoist, and his short stories have appeared with Found Press and The Rusty Toque. Raised in Southern Ontario and Alberta, he lives and works in downtown Toronto, where he has a private practice as a psychotherapist. Check out his website at


  • 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


  • Third Place, Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design - Prose Fiction

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: The Rights Factory



rights available: World, excl. North America

Additional Information

number of pages: 248

publication date: 10/06/2015

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book