John Anderson (Dr. Sleep)


John W. Anderson (aka Dr. Sleep), born on November 7, 1956, was an American 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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