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Shattering Glass Press Release, September 10, 2012
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FACEBOOK: Connor Coyne · Gothic Funk Press · Shattering Glass
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MAP: Arkaic University
PHOTOS: By Night: Arkaic, Michigan and Arkaic University, by Monty Valverde
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Track #1: Dunya and the Man in the Moon
Track #2: The Tragedy of Luna and Spectra
Track #3: Dunya and the Man in the Moon (R’lyeh Remix)
Video: Dunya and the Man in the Moon


College is a strange new world. But it might be too strange for Samo, Ezzie, Monty, and Dunya. They’re just first year undergrads at the prestigious but mysterious Arkaic University in Arkaic, Michigan. The new college is known for its site on the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital and a curious technology that converts time into electricity.

And then there’s the matter of the shattering glasses. Ezzie has the unfortunate bad habit of causing glass to fracture, just by looking at it. The four undergrads are stalked by student organizations with a history of espionage and homicide, to say nothing of the eclectic sexual appetites of the older students.

Obviously, college is a time of action and exploration, of soul-searching and risk-taking, but the risks at Arkaic University seem to transcend reason. Wise students will learn to master this surreal landscape to both survive and thrive during their first year of college.

Starting on September 10th, 2012, I will publish one installment of Shattering Glass for the Kindle each week.  Each installment will cost 99¢, and there will be eight installments total.

Don’t have a Kindle?  Not a problem!  Free apps are available for your PC and your Mac.

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“It’s Punk Rock.
“The thing lasts long enough to enter this rich new world, but ends before the one becomes overwhelmed by the information, and the details. The book brings about a strange, dreamlike state and forces you to think about it in terms of its own, somewhat askew, logic. And it ends before your brain oozes out of your ears from living in concurrent realities.
Shattering Glass invites you into its own very specific world, centered on Arkaic University, a pastiche of The University of Chicago if I read these things properly. It’s a bit like our own world: there’s a Prince who sings Purple Rain and the Occupy movement is going on. In other ways, it is not quite our own: the big automotive company is called X and it is based out of an ersatz Flint/Detroit known as Arkaic, Michigan.”
Critcal Winking

“The story is set at a newly formed college in a gothic-meets-the-future-meets-Detroit world, where everything is surreal enough to keep you intrigued without being remotely overdone. The pacing is perfect, and even just these two chapters leave you with the feeling that your mind has been just a little bit blown.”
– H. Colby

“The first year of college is a magical time when new worlds open up, identities are created, and lasting friendships are formed. Shattering Glass recreates that magic in a way no literal retelling can. Connor Coyne’s surreal and fantastical Arkaic University feels more authentic through his use of unfamiliar and mysterious realities.”
– Mel A. “Archscale”

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Connor Coyne is a novelist living and working in Flint, Michigan. His first novel, Hungry Rats has been hailed by Heartland prize-winner Jeffery Renard Allen as "an emotional and aesthetic tour de force." His second novel, Shattering Glass, has been praised by Gordon Young, author of Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City as "a hypnotic tale that is at once universal and otherworldly." Connor represented Flint's 7th Ward as its artist-in-residence for the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant, through which artists engaged ward residents to produce creative work in service of the 2013 City of Flint Master Plan. Connor's work has been published in Santa Clara Review, Moria Poetry Zine, East Village Magazine, Flint Broadside, Moomers Journal of Moomers Studies, The Saturnine Detractor, and Qua. Connor lives in Flint's East Village, less than a mile from the house where he grew up.

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