The very first children's novel by Philip Pullman, Count Karlstien is a deliciously terrifying, wickedly funny adventure, beautifully illustrated by Peter Bailey.
All Souls' Eve is a night when nobody in the village of Karlstein dares to leave their homes. For that is the night that Zamiel, the Demon Huntsman, prowls through the forests in search of his prey . . .
This year, however, the Huntsman doesn't need to go searching. He knows exactly where to find his human prey. Ten years ago, he made a deal with the Count of Karlstein - and now the Demon Huntsman has come to collect his prize . . .
Count Karlstien has offered up the lives of his two young nieces, Lucy and Charlotte. Lucky for the orphaned sisters, the Count's maid, Hildi, has heard his evil plan and is determined that they will not be this year's prey - not on her watch . . .
Philip Pullman was born in Norwich and educated in England, Zimbabwe, Australia and Wales. He studied English at Exeter College, Oxford.
first children's book, Count Karlstein, was published in 1982. To date,
he has published thirty-three books, read by children and adults alike.
His most famous work is the His Dark Materials trilogy. These books
have been honoured by several prizes including the Carnegie Medal, the
Guardian Children's Book Prize, and (for The Amber Spyglass) the
Whitbread Book of the Year Award - the first time that prize had been
given to a children's book. Pullman has received numerous other awards,
including the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Astrid Lindgren Award. He
was knighted in the 2019 New Year's Honours List for Services to
A masterly storyteller