Don Webb (writer)

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Don Webb
Don Webb.jpg
Don Webb at 1999 Los Angeles Temple of Set Conclave
Born 1960 (age 56–57)
Occupation Novelist, essayist, literary instructor
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction, horror

Don Webb (born 1960) is an American science fiction and mystery writer, as well as an author of several books on Left Hand Path occult philosophy.[1] He is also a former High Priest of the Temple of Set.

Writing career[edit]

Webb's first professional fiction sale was the short story "Rhinestone Manifesto", published in Interzone 13, Autumn 1985. He is best known for weird, experimental, and offbeat fiction, as well as works inspired by H. P. Lovecraft and according to Locus Magazine, he has published many stories, essays, interviews and other writing materials.[2] His short stories have appeared or been referenced in numerous anthologies, including The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection,[3] Asimov's Science Fiction[4][5][6] and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction[7] His story "The Great White Bed" (F&SF May 2007) was nominated for the International Horror Critics Award.[8]

Webb has published 12 books and over 400 other items covering a broad range of topics. Webb is a member of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop.[9][unreliable source?] He currently lives in Austin, Texas[10] and teaches creative writing at the University of California, Los Angeles.[11]

Magico-religious activities[edit]

Webb served as High Priest of the Temple of Set from 1993 to 2002.[12] He is an authority regarding the Temple of Set and has published several works of non-fiction on the topic. The Temple of Set continues to publish several of his articles as recommended introductory material for prospective members.[13][14]

Within the Temple of Set he is Grand Master of the Order of Setne Khamuast.[15] This Order focuses upon Egyptian and Mediterranean magick and initiation. The working formula of this Order is to take what has worked in the past and make it work today, the idea being that returning to the root of a concept yields the most powerful and precise results for the practitioner.





  • The Seven Faces of Darkness (Occult non-fiction, Runa-Raven Press) ISBN 1-885972-07-5
  • Uncle Setnakt's Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path (Occult non-fiction) ISBN 1-885972-10-5
  • Mysteries of the Temple of Set: Inner Teachings of the Left Hand Path (Occult non-fiction) ISBN 1-885972-27-X
  • Aleister Crowley: The Fire and the Force (Occult non-fiction) ISBN 1-885972-28-8
  • Overthrowing Old Gods: Aleister Crowley and the Book of the Law (Occult non-fiction) ISBN 1-62055-189-6

Short fiction[edit]

  • "To Mars and Providence" (in War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches, Bantam Spectra, 1996, and Eternal Lovecraft: The Persistence of HPL in Popular Culture, edited by Jim Turner, Golden Gryphon Press, 1998)
  • "Tamarii Notebook" (in More Amazing Stories, edited by Kim Mohan, Tor, 1998)
  • "Four-and-Twenty" (Originally published in Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine Issue 7: Spring 1990 (Pulphouse Publishing, Spring 1990)[19]
  • "The Key to the Mysteries" (Originally published in Grue Magazine, 1989, collected in The Explanation and Other Good Advice, 1998)[20]
  • "In the Wings" (Originally published in Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine Issue 3: Spring 1989 (Pulphouse Publishing, Spring 1989)[21]
  • London is Calling with t. Winter-Damon (Back Brain Recluse, 1989; The Explanation and Other Good Advice collection, Wordcraft of Oregon, 1998)
  • Pulphouse Issue 19[22]



  1. ^ "On the Left Hand Path: An Interview with Occultist Don Webb". November 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Locus Magazine". 
  3. ^ "The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection". Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  4. ^ "". October 1988. 
  5. ^ "". October 1990. 
  6. ^ "". October 1996. 
  7. ^ "Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction". August 1994. 
  8. ^ "2008 International Horror Guild Awards". Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  9. ^ "The Turkey City Writer's Workshop". Archived from the original on 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  10. ^ Di Filippo, Paul (Winter 1996). "The Texas Hermes: The Fiction of Don Webb". The Newsletter of The Council for the Literature of the Fantastic. Providence, RI: The Council for the Literature of the Fantastic. 1 (2). ISSN 1084-8266. Archived from the original on 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  11. ^ "Don Webb". UCLA Extension Writer's Program. UCLA. Archived from the original on 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  12. ^ "Disinformation". December 17, 2002. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. 
  13. ^ "Temple of Set Library". Archived from the original on 2002-03-20. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  14. ^ "When They Came". Publishers Weekly Reviews. October 9, 2006. 
  15. ^ "Order of Setne Khamuast". 
  16. ^ "The Last Continent: New Tales of Zothique". January 1999. 
  17. ^ "The Explanation and Other Good Advice". May 1998. 
  18. ^ "Anubis on Guard Selected Poetry of Don Webb". 1998. 
  19. ^ "Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine Issue 7". Spring 1990. 
  20. ^ "Eldritch Tales - Issue 18". Spring 1989. 
  21. ^ "Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine Issue 3". Spring 1989. 
  22. ^ "Pulphouse Issue 19". 2002. 

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