The idea for European Gothic: A Spirited Exchange 1760-1960 emerged from a conference entitled ‘Beyond Boundaries II: New Europe ... Pan Europe? Trajectories and Destinations’, organized by the European Studies Research Institute and held at the University of Salford in 1999.I would like to thank all those delegates who attended the ‘Gothic’ stream of this conference for the lively debates which they generated during the event and for their enthusiastic insistence that the moment had come for a book such as this. Thanks also to the anonymous reader whose constructive advice helped me make many improvements to the text. Matthew Frost, of Manchester University Press, has been – as always – a source of excellent advice and cheerful encouragement since the book’s inception. Finally, many thanks to Terry Hale, Geoff Harris and Ursula Tidd, who commented on various sections of the book in draft form, and to Howard for helping me, yet again, to unravel the mysteries of information technology.