Doug Van Wagenen

Doug Van Wagenen was born of Dutch heritage, and the blood of King David of Scotland flows through his veins. He was born in a coal mining town and lived there until he was eight years old. He graduated with an M.B.A. from Westminster College, and now lives with his wife and two daughters near a river that flows into a nearby lake. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the bagpipes and making stained glass windows.

Doug and the Book of Four

The first images of the Book of Four flickered in my mind when I was in my late teenage years. I was sitting at a stoplight overlooking a valley when I saw an old dead tree with the silhouettes of three people standing next to it. I then saw a fourth person ride up to the other three, and I wondered what the rider was saying to them when I heard her say “The King is dead.” At that moment, The Book of Four began to unravel within my mind.


Many years passed by before I had all the pieces of the story. While living in Kenosha, Wisconsin, I had a dream where I was standing on a mountain. The sun was setting as I turned around to see a hooded man. I asked him who he was. The man said a single word: Imperiellum. I saw wings of light appear on the hooded man’s back, and then I watched as the man was lifted up and flew into the clouds above. I was sitting in a bank in Illinois when I saw the long road with Brigg and his bag of apples. The timeline of this story is quite long, and I decided that this part of it would be the best place to start.

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