conan2_conan3_photo_01_dp.jpgMy son, the fruit of my womb, wrote this Wikipedia article on the influences of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard on Id Software’s Quake RPG. He follows it up with a longish interview with Id game designer, Sandy Petersen.

The apple may not fall far from the tree, but it falls in it’s own peculiar way. I’d never heard of Lovecraft, or Howard, or, for that matter, Id Software before Alex reached his teens and developed the obsessions with games and virile, meaty heroes common to boys his age.

What wasn’t common was his scholarly approach. He talks about these writers the way I talk about George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis, or, more accurately, the way J. Mark Bertrand talks about everything.

Alex graduates from high school in June, and after college, he plans to follow in Sandy Petersen’s footsteps. I’m sure he’ll do it in his own peculiar way.

As you may have guessed, I am proud of my son.