Markus Grolik was born in Munich in 1965. He trained as a fashion illustrator and worked as a designer of film placards before studying art. Since 1995 he has worked as a freelance graphic designer. In addition to the children’s books he has illustrated and written, he also has a great passion for comic books. In 2004 he was awarded the ICOM Independent Comic Prize for the second time after 1995 at the Comicsalon in Erlangen. In 2003 he was awarded the Studio Stipend by the Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research and Culture. He was nominated for the German Children’s Crime Writing Prize in 2003 for his series of stories about Perry Panther, the likable private detective.
The eight-year-old Frankie Stein receives a strange birthday present: a run-down old ghost train! While his parents get to work cleaning the whole train in preparation for Frankie’s birthday party, Frankie discovers a whole host of ghosts, monsters, vampires and werewolves living in a cellar underneath it! They’ve been bored for ages because the train has been out of action for so long. And they’re all afraid of ghost hunters, who, they believe, want to do away with them all. Frankie makes friends with the spooks in the cellar and they all have a fantastic birthday party at which Frankie’s parents think the weird guests are school friends of his. Frankie even promises to defend “his” ghosts against the ghost hunters…
Wonderfully quirky, creepy fun – Markus Grolik is a two-time winner of the ICOM Independent Comic Prize