“The Womb of Uncreated Night” Contains Batman and Vampire-Inspired Elements
Brewster Wainwright, a strapping teen with defective vision and an affinity for bats – as well as the son of a prominent New York City figure – decides to take his “Batmobile” for a spin around the city in “The Womb of Uncreated Night.” An accident lands him in jail, where his claims of being Bruce Wayne himself warrant the attention of psychiatrist Dr. Korngold. Dr. Korngold probes the troubled teen’s mind to discover whether or not Brewster is mentally disturbed or just playing some kind of elaborate – and dangerous – practical joke.
However, Brewster must put his “crime-fighting” mission aside when his girlfriend, Guinevere, is attacked in Central Park. He finds her body, her throat marked with a bite from a bat-like creature. But before she can be examined further, her body suddenly disappears. Soon after she disappears, a mysterious woman begins to haunt the Ramble at night. Hoping for a clue about his missing girlfriend, Brewster (disguised as Batman) searches the area. Even more disturbing, other victims are bitten and infected with a virus, creating a vampire scare. Brewster’s presence coinciding with these attacks casts suspicion on him. Ironically, the victims share a connection with Brewster – all are members of the Young Artists Group. An overzealous ADA tries to charge Brewster with the attacks. Antonides writes:
Until that moment, the ADA had not known what to expect. He imagined Brewster would look like some sort of walking cartoon, a kind of overgrown kid in a Halloween costume. Or at best wearing a well-crafted costume for a masquerade ball. He was prepared to laugh. But seeing him tower over them, the ADA could only tell himself what he was not sure he believed, that Batman was not real.
In “The Womb of Uncreated Night,” can authorities determine if Brewster is hero or villain?
About the Author
Chris Antonides earned a Ph.D. in literature from Michigan State University and BA and MA degrees at New York University. He taught English composition and literature at a community college in Lansing, Mich. for 27 years He has published short stories in Zeitgeist and Red Cedar Review. Antonides lives in Okemos, Mich.
“The Womb of Uncreated Night: A Novel”
ISBN: 9781440157417 – 5.5 x 8.5 – Paperback – 648 pages – $31.95
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