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As Well As Entertain You, The Gothic Can Help You Develop Your Critical Thinking and Overcome Many Fears critical thinking defining the gothic gothic literature gothic mind Aug 28, 2021

The first time I approached my language students with some Gothic texts I was nicely surprised with their positive reactions. For me the Gothic has always been my hidden place, my dark secret, something that only belonged to me and that I only really showed during Halloween.

Over the years I...

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Interview with author Lex H Jones and illustrator Liam 'Pais' Hill author interview Jul 22, 2021

When you’ve had a physical language school for ten years you have almost done everything that could be done to get your students where they need to be. Bringing natural situations to the class is not always easy, precisely because, despite all the efforts made and what some companies may...

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6 questions to improve your communication skills / 6 preguntas para mejorar tus habilidades comunicativas critical thinking gothic and language acquisition Jun 28, 2021

Summer is here and for kids and young teens, it’s time to relax, to play out with friends until late, go to the pool, watch TV and of course get on with activities that they like. But it’s also time to learn new things but in a different way. For older teens, maybe it’s the time...

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6 Tips to start writing your (Gothic) book/ 6 Consejos para comenzar a escribir tu libro (gótico) consejos para escribir writing tips Jun 14, 2021

Everybody has at least one book inside of them. What is yours? Have you ever thought of writing it out? Would you even know where to start? Would you like to find out how to get on with it once and for all?

I’m sure that many of you have been meaning to write a book for a long time and...

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Mad Dog-A very personal review/una reseña muy personal book review reseña de libro May 31, 2021

In my quest to define the monster during this month of May, I bring you today a very personal review of Mad Dog by J.R. Park.

Last week we talked about some of the monsters that appear in Church Curiosities - Strange Objects and Bizarre Legends by David Castleton, by which we got a lot of the...

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Church curiosities - personal review/ Church curiosities - reseña personal book review reseña de libro May 18, 2021

When I knew David Castleton had another book out in the market I bought it straight away. His first book The Standing Water was full of folklore and old legends I had never heard of before.  While reading it I learnt a lot about some legends and myths that triggered my curiosity and since I...

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Defining the Monster/ Definiendo al monstruo definiendo lo gótico defining the gothic gothic mind mente gótica May 09, 2021

What is the first thing that comes to your head when you hear the word “monster”? Before I started my various investigations about them, what came to my mind were the classics: Frankenstein, Dracula, the Invisible Man, even the friendly Casper; all or almost all the members of the ...

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Childhood Fears That Made Me / Temores de la infancia que me han creado fear gothic literature the gothic mind Apr 25, 2021

THE CHILDHOOD FEARS THAT MADE ME

I remember the frightening thought of being inside my mother's womb but I don’t remember being afraid of the dark as a child, at least not in the sense that someone that age should be afraid of. I wasn't scared of the monster under the bed either, maybe...

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Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark - A very personal review / Una reseña muy personal book review gothic author gothic literature reseña de libro the gothic mind Apr 17, 2021

When Tracy Fahey sent me a signed and dedicated copy of her Unheimlich Manoeuvres In The Dark (2020) with the words: To my dear friend and fellow Gothicist Alicia, I felt like a child with new shoes, as we say in Spain. As someone who pays attention to detail, the book came with a dedicated...

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Interview with author Tracy Fahey and the man behind her, J.R. Park author interview gothic author the gothic mind Apr 08, 2021

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TRACY FAHEY AND THE MAN BEHIND HER J.R. PARK

Have you ever thought what you would like to ask the writers you admire in an interview? This is what I had the great opportunity to do last week: interview Irish writer Tracy Fahey and her editor and also writer J.R. Park. And...

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The Misinterpretation of the Zombie / La Malinterpretación del Zombie gothic literature Apr 01, 2021

THE MISINTERPRETATION OF THE ZOMBIE

From all the monsters in Gothic literature, my least favourite one is the zombie. Unlike the vampire, you couldn’t have a conversation with a zombie. They are slow, clumsy and although they seem to lack a real purpose, for some reason they are after your...

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The Smell of the Dead / La olor a muerto the gothic mind Apr 01, 2021

THE SMELL OF THE DEAD

It still comes to mind, sometimes, when San Juan approaches, my mother saying "it smells like the dead again." And it is that, although the Municipal Cemetery of San Pedro in Badalona was far from our block of flats, as the summer was getting closer that peculiar smell began...

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