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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.

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!



With Svetlana, Misha and Lucy…

Posted in Immortal Forever with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2015 by Kaden Brown

Wonder what I’m working on this damp day…

Enjoy and be nice to each other 🙂

Mixture of the old and new (circa 1960) in Zelenograd’s 6th District

“Immortal Forever” With Svetlana Vladimirovna Kollontai

Posted in Immortal Forever, Update with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2015 by Kaden Brown

Places to be yet never seen,
Amid the blue skies a bleeding red stream.
Towers of life with a tower of death,
No mortal can recall where my heart has been.


Thirty seven kilometres north west of the Kremlin lies the city of Zelenograd, established after the Great Patriotic War, a formerly closed Soviet city and now home to modern Russia’s high technology and research industries. It is also the home of Lana (Svetlana) Vladimirovna Kollontai wife of Mikhail and mother of Valentina, who died in the mid-1950’s in mysterious and bloody circumstances.

Somewhere the truth about what happened to Lana’s family is waiting to be told.

Somewhere, maybe even here amidst the ruins and memorials to Soviet dead, or maybe in the bars and cafes of Moscow the truth is waiting to be told.

Or maybe, in some other distant locale, maybe across the mountains and the wild seas, someone knows the secret that can resolve her horror, her calamity, the truth is waiting to be told.


The base of the Shtyki Memorial includes the inscription: “Here the defenders of Moscow, fallen in battle for the Motherland, remain forever immortal.”

Only a strong heart and determined mind can uncover a truth that none will surrender, for the price of knowledge is immortal forever.

Lana knows that the truth is waiting to be told, or so she thinks.

Music to go with “Immortal Forever”:

Immortal Forever is a project of Kaden Brown. There is no publication date as yet, as Kaden is continuing to work on the book. The following is a demo cover, however, this version cannot be used due to copyright issues.


Sadie’s Making Me Nervous

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


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.

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