London: Doubleday, 2002. Diana Bryan (illustrations); Tracy Hurst and Jerry Paris (cover design and illustration). First U.K. Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by author on title page. Used - Very Good. Blue cloth boards with silver lettering to spine. Bottom corners slightly bumped. Binding tight and square. Blue endpapers. Prior owner's initials on FFE. Author's signature on title page. Some toning to text block, otherwise clean and unmarked. 14 x 22 cm. 243 pp. / Very Good. Some wear to top edge and bottom corners. Price clipped. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #10616
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!