Alex Miles was born in 1987 in west London. He has always had an interest in anything surreal and weird, particularly anything that can offer him escapism. He currently works in London in desk job number 32 for the music industry. In his spare time (apart from writing) he paints (only portraits in black and white as colour is a little too difficult), he is addicted to retro computer games, does amateur drama, likes popular science and pointless arguments.
Authors & stories that inspired Glory & Splendour
Below are the works with a larger role inspiring the stories in this book.
In Secondary school, my drama teacher at confused Franz Kafka’s The Trail with The Penal Colony. He described The Trail as containing “A monstrous machine that judged people”. The Judge was based on this description and my subsequent reading of the two stories.
Hitting Targets took bits and pieces from American Psycho, Sweeney Todd & Little Shop of Horrors. There are also similarities with Don Quixote. George Orwell has always been the writer I look up to the most. The opening two paragraphs of Hitting Targets bare a resemblance to the opening of A Clergyman’s Daughter.
Willum’s Friend was an idea that changed around my reading of The Screwtape Letters (C. S. Lewis), one of the most disturbing books I have ever read.
The City of Plenty took elements from Gulliver's Travels & Dracula. A Guide to Eighteenth-Century English Vocabulary (Jack Lynch) was very helpful.
Thanks also to spell-check and all the other technological wizardry of our day. I could not have written any of these stories on pen and paper.