© 2017 Thermidor Magazine.

Designed by Jonathan.

Jake Bowyer

The Ghosts of Empire

Speculative fiction in Great Britain has a long and rich tradition of the imperial horror story. At the very start of the detective fiction era, Londoner Wilkie Collins placed a haunted Indian gem at the heart of 1868’s “The Moonstone.” Similarly, many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales involve deadly rivalries or murderous intrigues that have their origins in the many colonies of the British Empire. The second Holmes novel, 1890’s “The Sign of the Four,” features a stolen treasur

Korean Caesar

The young liberals, full of utopian ideas about their country that have been formulated over decades of peace and prosperity, wail with rage at the election results. The older generation, which once knew poverty and conflict in such a way that it became imbedded in their bone marrow, smiled and whipped the sweat from their brow over their country’s close call with a socialist future No, this is not a synopsis of the 2016 presidential election in America. It is rather a rundown of the 2013 electi

Dennis Wheatley's Pulp Reaction

Staid and stodgy. Drab and dreary. These are just some common adjectives for reactionaries. In the particularly narrow view of the left, the right, because it is close-minded and full of rage, never has any fun. In truth, all one has to do is start using a dating app in order to just see how boring the left truly is. For their talk of sexual openness and their much-vaunted thirst for immersive experiences, every single Leftist girl and boy on Tinder say the same thing: I like to travel, I am a

H.G. Wells And The Limits Of Elitism

Nobody in their right mind would categorize Herbert George Wells as one of the titans of rightist thought. Indeed, H.G. Wells dedicated much of his life to socialism. While Wells’ best known creations (“The War of the Worlds,” “The Time Machine,” etc.) are not expressly socialistic in tone or message, Wells’ lesser known scribblings certainly make the man’s politics clear. The Way the World is Going (1928) is a polemic advocating for the adoption of socialism, while The Open Conspiracy (also pub

The White Mind (and Soul)

If looking for evidence of generic, basic thinking, one could not do better than the New York Times. The international Scheißblatt promulgated by the Mexican oligarch Carlos Slim is a repository for all things uninteresting (see: leftist). In September of last year, the paper somehow managed to outdo itself in terms of its declining quality. In an op-ed entitled “How a Russian Fascist Is Meddling in America’s Election,” Yale professor Timothy Snyder whined that through Russian interference in t

Fernando Pessoa’s Mystical Nationalism

“God wills, man dreams, the work is born.” The opening lines of Fernando Pessoa’s poem “Prince Henry the Navigator” invoke what Pessoa himself termed “mystical nationalism.” Like Pessoa himself, this term has various and multi-faceted meanings. On the one hand, a biographical note left behind by Pessoa defined a “mystical nationalist” as a man against Communism and Socialism. This man also holds views that are deeply “anti-reactionary.” How can this be, especially given Pessoa’s poetic odes t

Towards Physical Removal

Viewers weren’t supposed to root for Archie Bunker. This is the perennial blindness of liberals and progressives. Ever since the election of Donald Trump, the usual smugness of the left has turned bitter. The unwashed have stormed the cathedral, and now it’s up to the deep state in order to extricate history or at least the very Whiggish and Marxian view of history as a nonstop train ride towards big state bliss. In his brilliant book "Reactionary Liberty," paleolibertarian writer Robert Tayl

Boots and Suits

In writing about the recent brouhaha over the anarchist-communist shutdown of a planned talk by alt light speechmaker Milo Yiannapoulos, Jim Goad summed up the Real Right’s challenge quite succinctly: “Perhaps a major problem with the right these days is that there are too many suits and not enough boots.” The late British reactionary Jonathan Bowden would have called for more “cultured thugs,” but the idea is the same—the right needs might. Instead of falling in amongst ourselves over what def