The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange Charity Auction

In a unique publishing event, Rhys Hughes and Meteor House are auctioning off six opportunies for you to be killed. That’s right, you can fight to the death against a famous author (sorry, the fights are rigged, you have to lose). What, you say you don’t want to be killed? Not even to help a worthwhile charity?

Ok, perhaps we’re going about this the wrong way, let’s try again . . .

How would you like to be Tuckerized in Rhys Hughes’ next novel, The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange? Six lucky bidders (ok, it will be the six bidders who want it the most . . . luck has nothing to do with it) will be plucked out of the reading audience and forced to fight to the death as gladiators in the arena. While each winning bidder will be killed off by a famous author, the higher they bid the longer they live and the more glorious their death!

Here is how the auction works:

The bidding starts at $1+ the lowest bid below (your bid includes a copy of the book).

To place a bid, leave a comment with your name and bid in the comments below.

All bids should be in whole dollar amounts.

This page will be updated severals times per day to show the top bidders.

Payment is due at the end of the auction.

The auction ends Sunday, September 16th, at 10:00pm eastern. 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.

Don’t worry if you have already preordered your copy of The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange, we will apply that payment to your winning bid.

Once you bid, keep checking the auction to make sure you have not been outbid!

Bidding is closed, congratulations to the winners:

$125 – Jason Rolfe
$102 – Adrian Chamberlin
$101 – Marty Kardon
$100 – Anthony Cardno
$80 – Tim Uhl
$76 – Steve Mattsson
$70 – Tim Love

Note: Due to time zone issues and poor planning by the publisher we have allowed the top 7 bidders to win the auction. More money for Animal Aid!


  1. Tim Love  •  Sep 10, 2012 @4:30 am

    I’ll start with $55

  2. Jason Rolfe  •  Sep 10, 2012 @10:15 am

    I’ll go with 100.00

  3. Michael Croteau  •  Sep 10, 2012 @11:21 am

    So what if I am the publisher, this is so cool I want in. I bid $40. If I win, the author I want to fight is…Rhys Hughes!

  4. Anthony  •  Sep 10, 2012 @9:17 pm

    I’ll bid $100 as well. May as well start off strong!

  5. MartyKardon  •  Sep 11, 2012 @8:14 am

    I will toss in a bid for $101. Kind of a slippery e-bay stunt but I doubt it will keep me ahead for long. Anyway, its a for good cause and I’m already starting my training with bench pressing a Conan size cudgel.

  6. Timothy Uhl, esquire pending  •  Sep 13, 2012 @4:43 pm

    Here’s hoping someone offers me a job tomorrow. $50 is my bid.

  7. Johnny Mains  •  Sep 14, 2012 @5:58 am

    I shall bid $41

  8. Ian Alexander Martin  •  Sep 14, 2012 @1:51 pm

    Just to annoy Johhny Mains (as well as to support the author and cause, plus cement my place in the immortal history of fiction), I shall bid $42!

  9. Adrian Chamberlin  •  Sep 14, 2012 @3:59 pm

    Stakes are high…

    Here’s my bid: $102

  10. Jason Rolfe  •  Sep 15, 2012 @6:01 pm

    I’m upping my bid. 100.00 now seems precarious and I don’t want to get sniped at the last minute. Mark me down for 125.00 if you please!

  11. Steve Mattsson  •  Sep 16, 2012 @7:47 am

    I bid $69.00.

  12. tim love  •  Sep 16, 2012 @3:28 pm

    I’m feeling vulnerable (not as much as if I was naked rock climbing though) so I would like to increase my bid to 70 dollars please.

  13. Timothy Uhl, esquire pending  •  Sep 16, 2012 @8:42 pm

    Hang with me, Mr Love, there’ll be two of us yet. Apologies to Steve for now. I raise my bid to $75, owing to my newly found employment.

  14. Steve Mattsson  •  Sep 16, 2012 @8:53 pm

    Bidding $76.00, but I want someone to beat it “for the animals”…

  15. Timothy Uhl, esquire pending  •  Sep 16, 2012 @9:59 pm

    $80. Just in case.

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