The auction to give six readers a chance to be be Tuckerized in Rhys Hughes’ next novel, The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange, is off to a great start! There have been eight bidders to date, which means that two of them have been dropped off the list.
Sorry folks, that’s how it goes in the cutthroat business of trying to be immortilized in fiction.
Not to worry as there is still plenty of time for you to place your bid and see who you will be killed by. Oh, sorry, did we forget to mention that if you “win” you will be killed in the gladitorial arena? Hang on, it gets better (it would kind of have to get better wouldn’t it?), your opponent will be a famous author, and you can even choose who that author is! Assuming they haven’t already been killed off themselves or already been chosen by another bidder.
So hey, that is another reason to bid high, so you get first pick of who kills you instead of last pick. I mean who wants to run the risk of being killed off by their third or fourth favorite writer because their first and second have already been chosen by someone else?
Now, other than the fact that we have six bidders, so far willing to pay between $42 and $101 to be have their deaths—which will almost certainly be completely absurd, since that is Rhys Hughes does—immortalized in fiction forever, this is the most important thing you need to know right now: The auction ends Sunday, September 16th, at 10:00pm eastern. During the last hour of the auction, 9 to 10pm eastern time, bids will only be accepted from those who have already bid in the auction at least once. This is to keep things as fair as possible because the system is not 100% automated due to the comments needing to be approved before they can be seen. This way current bidders will at least know how many potential rivals they have and they don’t have to worry about someone new sniping them at the last second.
Here is the second most important thing you need to know right now: 50% of each of the six winning bids (above the $25 cost of the book) will go to the the charity of Rhys’ choice, Animal Aid, the UK’s largest animal rights group.