Count Karlstein by Philip Pullman

Count Karlstein

Written by Philip Pullman

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This stunning spoof melodrama relates the dramatic and scary tale of how the evil Count Karlstein strikes a bargain with the Demon Huntsman. The price of the bargain? His nieces, Lucy and Charlotte, who look as if they will be trapped forever. With his pack of howling hounds, the Demon Huntsman terrorises the villagers but luckily, all does not go smoothly and Count Karlstein is shown up as a fraud as comes to a satisfying bad end. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Count Karlstein by Philip Pullman

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. This gothic melodrama is written as a play for school-children.

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It's whirlwind plotting, manipulated into a pulsing tale of darkened hearts, treachery and at long last, redemption Kirkus

In this deliciously gothic thriller there are enough demon huntsmen, evil guardians, and brooding castles to please even the most desensitized reader School Library Journal

Dashing, sparkling, and wildly over the top Publishers Weekly

Any youngster who likes ghostly tales of the macabre accompanied with much humour will get a lot of fun from this unusual book Junior Bookshelf

Ingeniously-designed comic-cum-novel, a gothic pastiche that can be read as simple fun or as a literary lesson Guardian

About the Author

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the author of the multi-award winning fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. He has won numerous awards for his children’s books, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE. In 2008, The Times named Pullman as one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. Philip Pullman lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons. Read more the author here.

Author photo © Michael Leckie portrait.

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Random House Children's Books

Publication date

1st November 2007




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