Via Neil Gaiman's blog: several authors are auctioning the opportunity to have your name appear in their next book.
All proceeds are to go to the First Amendment Project, "a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition."
If only it was for an international charity, I would be willing to pay quite a bit for the privilege of dying in a Stephen King book. Even a
What he's offering:
"One (and only one) character name in a novel called CELL, which is now in work and which will appear in either 2006 or 2007. Buyer should be aware that CELL is a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying. Character can be male or female, but a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female. In any case, I'll require physical description of auction winner, including any nickname (can be made up, I don't give a rip)."