John Anderson (Dr. Sleep)


John W. Anderson (aka Dr. Sleep), born on November 7, 1956, was a game designer, level designer, and writer. In April of 2018, Dr. Sleep passed away due to pneumonia[1].

He was best known in the Doom community for his Inferno series of maps, originally conceived as a full episode replacement of nine "cantos":

The architecture and storyline of the series was inspired by "Inferno" in the epic poem The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, which describes a descent into hell. Several mappers of later generations, such as Samuel "Kaiser" Villarreal and Paul Corfiatis, have cited Dr. Sleep's unique and attractive aesthetic as a basis for their own designs.

Dr. Sleep also wrote a comprehensive Doom Builder guidebook, and maintained the official distribution (though not the code itself) of the venerable editor DETH. He released a single Heretic level, titled RECANT.

His non-Doom projects included Blood (Q Studios), Unreal (Epic MegaGames), Kingpin: Life of Crime (Xatrix Entertainment), Daikatana (Ion Storm), and a definitive bibliography of H. P. Lovecraft.

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  1. Fraulein (7 September 2018). "Where is Dr. Sleep?" Doomworld. Retrieved 9 September 2018.

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