Count Karlstein

Count Karlstein

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(with pictures by Patrice Aggs, Doubleday, 1991; the novel version, USA, Knopf in 1998; Doubleday, 2002)

This was the first book for children that I wrote. Like Spring-Heeled Jack, it was a school play to begin with. It’s a kind of funny-scary tale in the Gothic style. There are two versions, because I wrote it first as a novel in different voices. Later I made it into a mixture of text and comic-strip illustrations. Patrice Aggs’s pictures are great, especially her advertisement for BEEFO Animal Stimulant.

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