If you’ve been wondering what to do with that spare £20,000 you have lying around, give it to George RR Martin and in return he might just kill you – all in the name of philanthropy...
For the aforementioned price, you'll get a chance to have a character named after you in a future Song of Ice and Fire novel (yet to be written), and to choose their station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, lady, etc). Should you be successful, George will decide exactly how to dispatch you – just like he does with your favourite Game of Thrones characters week in, week out.
There's one male and one female character up for grabs and 400 possible entries, which – depending on how many people actually feel like gambling £20K – could mean as little as a 1 in 200 chance of being chosen.
It's all for a good cause though. The author is raising money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, which he and his wife have been supporting for several years, and funds will also go towards The Food Depot in North New Mexico.
“I've always been fond of wolves... direwolves in Westeros, and real wolves in the real world,” writes Martin on the Prizeo contest website. “US wolf populations hit critical lows during the twentieth century, and finding a way for humans to co-exist with this majestic creatures is an important part of the conservation movement.”
And if 20,000 quid is a little out of your price range, there are other less gruesome prizes to aim for. With a minimum of £10, you'll be given a chance to win a trip to Martin’s hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, a helicopter ride with Martin to the wolf sanctuary and plenty of time to ask him all the questions you’ve been dying to ask about the latest episode.
Details of all the options are available on the website.
Martin announces the contest in the following video, featuring the Westeros wolf pack looking less vicious than when they're protecting Bran Stark.