"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!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 01/11/2007
- Category: Horror & ghost
- ISBN: 9780552557306