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“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?

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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!”

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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

ISBN-13:9781507811269

Publisher:CreateSpace Publishing

Publication date:02/01/2015

Pages:104

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

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“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.

Paperback Edition of “Wear A Flower In Your Hair…”

Posted in Sadie Mae Glutz, Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2015 by Kaden Brown

The paperback edition of “Wear A Flower In Your Hair – A dialogue with Sadie Mae Glutz” is almost ready to be published, in the next day or so. Note that the cover and book length vary from the Kindle edition, despite there being no differences in the story.

Wear A Flower In Your Hair: A dialogue with Sadie Mae Glutz

Authored by Kaden Brown
List Price: USD$7.99
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
102 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1507811269
ISBN-10: 1507811268
BISAC: Philosophy / Good & Evil
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?

This book is for adults. Contains graphic descriptions of family dysfunction, swearing, sex, drug use, murder, and justification for murder.

Sadie’s Making Me Nervous

Posted in Sadie Mae Glutz, Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2015 by Kaden Brown

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With two previously published books, both in the paranormal or ‘urban fiction’ genre, you may expect me to have become accustomed to feeling nervous or anxious prior to launch.

Oddly, I previously never gave such nervousness much thought. Maybe with those books – mere candyfloss compared to Sadie’s meaty and gut-wrenching story – which were longer and more “story-ish” there was not much of me invested in them. So maybe, I never even felt nervous in the run-up to publication…

With “Wear A Flower In You Hair – A dialogue with Sadie Mae Glutz” there is a lot of “me” in the book. Surprisingly it does not really tell a story that will sweep the reader off their feet. It is not a flowing romp through the joys and wonders of immortality, or a hazy battle set-upon the mangled crest of some hill, or a happy and tearful exploration of love, dance and loss.

This is Sadie’s story. It is an interview and as such Sadie guides where it takes us and the interviewer. She doesn’t have a happy story to tell. It doesn’t have a happy ending, nor does the story even make the reader or on-looker envious and wanting more.

But in the horror of her story, amongst the philosophical gems Sadie espouses, in the matter-of-fact analysis of all things related to life and death, in there somewhere is me. “Wear A Flower In You Hair – A dialogue with Sadie Mae Glutz” is a story of personal calamity and twisted perversion that maybe reflects how I feel. How angry I am that I lost people, angry that my universe is not what it should be. Daring to hope that maybe there is a universe in which the feelings and dreams I have can be real.

Not that slaughtering dozens of folk is my thing. Nor even is the belief that happiness derives from pain. No, my pain – and perhaps humanity’s pain or unhappiness – is reflected in the warped excesses of Sadie’s intelligence, that her searching for happiness derived instead a negative image of what we all (or usually all of us) desire from the society in which we live.

Whilst normal people want peace, love and happiness and will do anything to make those things real, Sadie on the other hand, is so damaged by life that her core values are destroyed. Instead of peace, love and happiness she wants the opposite. To her, society is corrupt and built upon lies which destroy people. To defend her thesis as such she has built a sumptuous belief system that offers an alternative hypothesis on how to create peace, love and happiness.

I suppose that in searching for my own solutions to the problems of achieving peace, love and happiness there is a little bit of my own beliefs in what Sadie is trying to do. I feel for her. I can see why she did what she did. I can understand her frame of reference, why she feels that the universe has slipped. I know those feelings that broke her. The loss of faith in parents and the world is enough to destroy any kid’s mental health.

So with so much of me, of my experiences tied-into this book, of my pain, and my mental wanderings, Sadie reflects me to a certain extent. The only difference being, I would be mortified to kill anything knowingly.

So there-in lies my odd feelings of anxiety over Sadie’s story, an interview that overtly seeks to find out her philosophical raison d’être for mass murder. Her interview with Deborah tells her story as a horror. Yet it is the hidden evolution of her thinking, the reasons for her madness that are me. And having that made public – no matter how allegorical – is a nervous affair. Maybe people won’t realise?


Don’t forget “Wear A Flower In Your Hair – A dialogue with Sadie Mae Glutz” is now available for pre-order from Amazon Kindle (USD$0.81, AUD$0.99, GBP£1.02). Note that these prices can change without notice. The book is released on January 17, 2015.

Things The Interview With Sadie Shows Us

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

Sadie Mae Glutz was a pseudonym of Charles Manson friend and follower Susan Denise Atkins. She used the name from 1967 to 1969, finally ceasing its usage whilst incarcerated. Here are some things we learned from her interview with “Deborah”.

  • Sadie is her preferred name.
  • Her friends included Mama Cass, Michelle Philips, “that Beach Boy guy” (Denis Wilson), Ken/Kenneth (Kenneth Anger) and George Harrison.
  • She has degrees acquired whilst in prison – qualifications that she holds in distain.
  • She tried and failed to hang two of her victims, simultaneously.
  • Though convicted of eight murders she only actually killed two people.
  • Of the two she killed, she only knew Sharon’s name. The other victim whom she admits to stabbing multiple times – and whom she does not remember his name during the interview – was Wojciech Frykowski who was actually shot, beaten and stabbed.
  • She has a convenient memory. Wojciech Frykowski was actually attacked by all three assailants (Sadie, Tex, and Pat) in the Tate house – not just by Sadie as she claims in the interview.
  • Sadie tells fibs: she originally claims to have had sex with The Fab Four in their hotel room. In truth which she later admits in this fictional interview, she only had “sexual relations” with one of them. She laughs when confronted with the truth.
  • Sadie at one stage advocates mandatory oral sex to make the world a happier place. She was known as Sexy Sadie for a reason!
  • She claims to be a Christian, and insists that her murderous philosophy is akin to that of Christ dying on the cross.
  • Sadie claims to like prison life, because it gives her the freedom to think.
  • Toward the end of the interview Deborah asks how Sadie is feeling, and observes that she does not look well. At the time Sadie was dying from cancer. At the end of she interview which is terminated due to Sadie’s obvious difficulties, she thanks Deborah.
  • Sadie asserts that Linda Kasabian was present at a planning meeting for Helter Skelter (Tate-LaBianca et al) and that Charlie had no role in the planning. On two occasions Sadie implicates Linda in the murders. This continues a grudge against Linda dating back to the pre-trial phase in which Linda gained immunity.
  • Throughout the interview Sadie expresses herself through highly technical language and philosophical concepts. Deborah remarks that she doesn’t understand what Sadie is saying.
  • At one stage Sadie mentions if she had killed Shorty “things would have been better”. “Shorty” McShea was a Manson associate murdered by someone in “The Family”. Sadie’s statement suggests that she did not kill him.
  • Ultimately, we learn that Sadie Mae Glutz is 100% unrepentant, but uses her claimed Christianity to mask her beliefs.
  • The final statement made by Deborah serves three purposes. (1) It shows the danger of allowing any Manson Family follower the opportunity to express their ideals to the outside world, and (2)  Deborah’s repeating of Sadie’s anti-normative anti-society mantra indicates that she has fallen under the influence of that way of thinking. And (3) the final words by Deborah, in apparent sympathy with Sadie, indicate that Sadie’s philosophy is applicable to contemporary society. Indeed, it is a stark and haunting threat merely in its observation.

Don’t forget “Wear A Flower In Your Hair – A dialogue with Sadie Mae Glutz” is now available for pre-order from Amazon Kindle (USD$0.81, AUD$0.99, GBP£1.02). Note that these prices can change without notice. The book is released on January 17, 2015.

Acknowledgements for “Wear A Flower In Your Hair…”

Posted in Sadie Mae Glutz, Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2014 by Kaden Brown

Acknowledgements

For so long I thought this “interview” would never be published, as the subject matter is too serious and effects too many interested parties. But as I promised, it has been written-up and published. I will be damned, I am sure.

In getting this far heaps of people have assisted, mostly without even knowing it. First off, Heather for reminding me of all the duplicitous people I left behind. Thanks for pushing me.

All the staff at Gloria Jean’s Riccarton Mall (Westfield), for their happiness to serve me and put up with me writing in their café for hours and hours, days and days.

I have to thank Abbie for being there in the dark days when I needed a rant and support. You are a goddess amongst mortals and inspiration for a character.

Way, way before I ever thought about writing, a little baby showed me that yes I could still invent stories – so this is what I do because you made me do it.

Thanks to Roland. Man, just thinking about you gives me a guilt trip. Best wishes.

I have to thank all those people friends and strangers who said nice things and did nice things just because they are nice. And to those who praised me in the face of drivel, I thank you even more for not breaking my confidence. Here’s some more.


Don’t forget “Wear A Flower In Your Hair – A dialogue with Sadie Mae Glutz” is now available for pre-order from Amazon Kindle (USD$0.81, AUD$0.99, GBP£1.02). Note that these prices can change without notice. The book is released on January 17, 2015, so there is just under three weeks to wait.

Author Notes for “Wear A Flower In Your Hair…”

Posted in Sadie Mae Glutz, Update with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2014 by Kaden Brown

Okay, I decided that given the nature of the book I had better offer some notes to the reader or potential reader. Ideally they will be read prior to reading the book…

The Author’s Notes can be found here

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