"Count Karlstein, or The Ride of the Demon Huntsman, was Philip Pullman's first novel for children, published by Chatto & Windus in 1982. It is a wonderful gothic melodrama which he wrote as a play for school children when he was an English teacher. No one in the village of Karlstein dares to leave their homes on All Souls' Eve. - the night Zamiel the Demon Huntsman comes to claim his prey. ut the evil Count Karlstein has struck a terrible bargain with Zamiel, and so the lives of his two 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! deliciously terrifying and wickedly funny Gothic tale."