Music of “Immortal Forever” Part 1

Posted in Immortal Forever with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2015 by Kaden Brown

Near the beginning of the book Svetlana is unhappy that someone is humming the tune of an officially banned piece of music. This is in early 1958. I shall not reveal exactly who is humming, suffice to say the music of concern is that of Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 Op. 60 “Leningrad”.

Written from (and during the siege of) Leningrad it was a massive symbol of resistance to Nazism and militarism.  It later became apparent that Shostakovich interpreted his masterpiece as both a criticism of the Nazis and Stalinism. However, the symphony had by then become an inspiration to many Soviet people.

In 1948 Shostakovich was denounced in an “anti-formalism campaign” and his works banned. Svetlana hears someone humming part of the tune (near the end of the piece) whilst visiting her father and is furious that anyone would be flouting the decrees of the Supreme Soviet. She is a good Communist and believes in the cause of the proletariat!

Tobacco - poison...

Soviet poster from 1957 “Tobacco – poison…”. Shostakovich refused to stop smoking. He died of lung cancer.

With Stalin’s death in 1953 the public could again listen to Shostakovich, but it was not until May 1958 when he was officially “rehabilitated” under the new Khrushchev regime. Later in the book, Svetlana struggles to understand the liberalisation of policy and this symbolises the struggle between socialism and liberalism, as, of course, does her struggle with – and tragic attraction to – vampirism.

The core theme of the book is this conflict, using the theme of the needs and obligations of humanity (representing the ideological discipline and determination of Stalinism and Communism) versus the apparent individual freedom and total breakdown of responsibility to society (representing western-style liberalism).

Whilst this is a classical piece of music (and the longest of Shostakovich’s work), it is probably not my own choice of vampire-related music. I prefer the heavy metal genre (obviously there is none here, given the time period of the book – 1958-1960-ish), but hey, this is my book and I’ll play what I want to.

So look forward to jazz galore as Svetlana struggles to comprehend the social changes happening around her…

Book Promos for “Wear A Flower In Your Hair…”

Posted in Sadie Mae Glutz with tags , , , , on October 4, 2015 by Kaden Brown

“Wear A Flower In You Hair – a Dialogue With Sadie Mae Glutz” is available here.

Draft Blurb For “Immortal Forever”

Posted in Immortal Forever, Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2015 by Kaden Brown

Immortal Forever – a literary fiction

Moving to Zelenograd, a small city northwest of Moscow, is a new start, an opportunity for career progress. Svetlana, a militia member seconded from the capital is excited and proud to be serving the socialist cause.

Her husband Anton, is absent in the east, crime is rising, and Khrushchev’s reforms are taking their toll. All is well until she crosses paths with unsavoury Soviet deputies exploiting their new freedoms, and a criminal underworld invigorated by endemic corruption and dramatic social change following the official denouncements of Stalinism.

immortalforever_promo_colorSvetlana battles to hold true to her ideals as those around her fall prey to the gangs and social liberalisation. She seeks solace in new love, whilst pressing for greater investigation of the crimes that rock the city.

A deathly darkness is approaching that she is unable to stop, without betraying the very people, and the very system she has sworn to protect.

A startling literary fiction that commentates on the defence of Stalinism in the face of an onslaught of freedom for which even the most devoted will give their soul for just one taste.

Counter poses the viciousness and attractiveness of liberalism with the order and discipline of a dour socialist society struggling to maintain itself in the face of external forces.

A subtle expose of Soviet life and the struggle of one woman to keep mind and soul together.

A critique of the competition between socialism and liberalism by way of a vicious and blood-soaked vampire novel in which  one woman’s life and family are destroyed, at the same time giving her hope, before crushing all her dreams and her soul in a nightmare of violence and gore.

Immortal Forever will be available in a couple of years time – so don’t get too excited just yet. At roughly 500 pages the novel will also have its own twitter page @immortal4eva ( The picture above, will probably be the cover, or I may use an original picture based on an idea represented in a previous image (you may find it in a previous posting, or somewhere in the right-hand menu column).

“Wear A Flower In Your Hair” Is Free Aug 31

Posted in Sadie Mae Glutz, Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2015 by Kaden Brown

For one day only, August 31, “Wear A Flower In Your Hair – A dialogue with Sadie Mae Glutz” is available on Kindle absolutely free. You can get it here.

The story of Sexy Sadie as told by herself from prison. A shocking and horrific account as to what happened and why, explaining the real philosophy behind her mass murdering – a powerful belief system that shakes one’s own sense of stability and understanding about the world and people around us. Are you ready to open your mind?


Here is what one reviewer had to say about “Wear a Flower In Your Hair“:

“It’s a visceral. It’s gripping. It’s soul-stirring. As Sadie Mae Glutz recounted her life in her own words, I felt the full gamut of emotions. This is an American tragedy of the highest order. A mirror maze of contradictions and red herrings.
Yes, this is a bold and uncompromising vision from Kaden Brown. A master stroke of creative writing. You owe it to yourself to check it out. It’s not easy reading, but then again, it’s not meant to be. Two thumbs up from me!”


sadie_pb_coverNaturally, “Wear a Flower In Your Hair” is also available in hardback, either by ordering from your high street retailer, or by ordering online, through vendors such as Amazon , The Book Depository, and Barnes & Noble.

Product Details


Publisher:CreateSpace Publishing

Publication date:02/01/2015


Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)


Kaden Brown’s Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2015 by Kaden Brown

After much delay and pondering, and much mindless head-scratching, Kaden Brown finally has a monthly newsletter that you can sign-up for!



“Happiness Is A Warm Gun”…

Posted in Sadie Mae Glutz, Update with tags , , , , , , , on August 9, 2015 by Kaden Brown

One of the major philosophical pillars of “Wear A Flower In Your Hair – A Dialogue With Sadie Mae Glutz” revolves around the Beatles’ song from “The Beatles” (The White Album), “Happiness Is a Warm Gun“.

Interestingly, for reasons the book explains in great detail – the song is reportedly Paul McCartney’s and George Harrison’s favourite song on the White Album (see the Bruce Spizer 2003 book, “The Beatles on Apple Records.)

No wonder when one considers exactly how the meaning of the song was conceived and the massive impact the philosophy had upon late-60’s pop-culture:

The pleasure we got from life, of living by our own rules – we had none – meant we had the power, inside each one of us, to continue the cycle of pain, spread it into society and help charge-up the karma cycle. The pain we caused meant more happiness.”

“Happiness is a warm gun?”

“Ha-ha, you have it!”

“It is utterly mad.”

“You see the power of what I’m saying. It scares you.”

“Of course it does. How can you warp logic so much that innocent people die? For such a dire and terrifying possibility, that death, that pain, are good things. That they cause happiness.”

“Yet you instinctively knew that a warm gun equals happiness?”

“It’s the name of a fucking song, not some metaphysical empiricism!”

“Yet you connected the idea and the song instantly.”

“It is not that difficult. You know, to make “happiness” you cause pain.”

The interview with Susan Atkins (Sadie) explains Paul’s, George’s, and John’s conversations with her, following the band’s final concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco on August 29, 1966. It explains how they met during a private performance at the Church of Satan where she worked. What happened next was the spark, the moment of epiphany, that set the Fab Four upon a new direction.

That night spawned an entirely new and deadly philosophy that directly led to the breakup of the band following the arrest of Manson Family members, and denials and mistruths concerning the role The Beatles played.

But then the book isn’t actually true…

This weekend only, “Wear A Flower In Your Hair – A Dialogue With Sadie Mae Glutz”  is available free from Kindle.

Shadows of Humanity and Life

Posted in Immortal Forever with tags , , , on August 2, 2015 by Kaden Brown

After such a long break I thought I would post another poem from “Immortal Forever”.

This is about the vampires (those immortal forever) and is paralleled with the Immortal Regiment campaigns in the former Soviet bloc, and which is especially poignant in Zelenograd, the main setting for Immortal Forever.

This is “Shadows of Humanity and Life“:

We are here, amidst the stench that is you all:
Shadows of humanity, a vanity of ego that none dare see.

From the dark dank depths of horrors past,
Memories of man that we seek to show.

To the death of mothers, of fathers, and joyously forgotten children,
We struggle to live what we no longer recall.

Beside the streams that once ran blood red – and still do in our head.
Amongst the burial mounds, trapped tourists on our graves.

We are here, on these monuments of death;
Too many names, just slogans and intent.

A future struggle we want to avoid.
We are here amongst you. Ageless, faceless. In fear of your monochrome memory.

From the families we have forsaken,
From the friends we have forgotton.

Of confidence to tell you our lies. Those we call friends.
Those we devour in a jealousy of life.

Full of fear.
Our secrets unbound.

Our names live forever, etched in eternal stone.
Yet long abandoned we dare not use.

With ribbons and flags and music and cheer, you remember once a year.
The deaths they believe, afraid to behold.

Still, we are amongst you.
Our shadows of life you cannot see.

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