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A deliciously terrifying and wickedly funny gothic tale. Now with a new cover look. This is the first ever children's novel by the award-winning Philip Pullman - a treat no Pullman fan should miss!

COUNT KARLSTEIN, or THE RIDE OF THE DEMON HUNTSMAN, was Philip Pullman's first novel for children, published by Chatto and Windus in 1982. It is a wonderful gothic melodrama which he first wrote as a play for school-children when he was an English teacher.
No one in the village of Karlstein dares to leave their home on All Souls Eve - the night Zamiel, the Demon Huntsman comes to claim his prey.
But the evil Count Karlstein has struck a terrible bargin with Zamiel, and so the lives of his young nieces, Lucy and Charlotte,are in danger. Their only hope lies with Hildi, a castle maidservant, and her fearless brother, Peter. Can they save the girls from their dreadful fate? Only one thing is certain - the Demon Huntsman will not return to his dark wood unsatisfied!

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    December 3, 2007

    Corgi Childrens

    272 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel Volume 2
His Dark Materials: The Complete Trilogy
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The Collectors
Northern Lights: His Dark Materials 1
The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials 2
The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials 3
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