Peter Otto is Professor of English Literary Studies at the University of Melbourne. His recent publications include Gothic Fiction, a microfilm collection of Gothic novels published between 1764 and 1830 (2002-3); Gothic Fiction: A Guide (2004), and Entertaining the Supernatural: Mesmerism, Spiritualism, Secular Magic and Psychic Science (2007; digital edition 2008). He is consultant editor of Adam Matthew’s 'Gothic Popular Culture' portal. His new monograph, Multiplying Worlds: Romanticism, Modernity and the emergence of virtual reality (Oxford, 2011) uncovers a key stage in the development of modern discourses of virtual reality. He is currently working on a project entitled 'William Blake in the 21st century: poetry, prophecy, the history of imagination, and the futures of Romanticism'.