Darren Shan writes in a newsletter to his subscribers:
Charity organisation Autism Speaks has set up an auction on ebay, in which many authors are giving fans the chance to buy a place in one of their future books. I was honoured to be approached by them, and had no hesitation in agreeing to take part. In my auction, the winner's name will appear in Book 8 of The Demonata in October 2008 -- the character will have quite a good part, and will even enjoy a death scene -- that's right, the winner will get to be KILLED OFF in a Darren Shan book!!!! Alternatively I'll give the winner the chance to have their name appear in Hell's Horizon (my second D B Shan book) in March 2009 if they prefer. The link to the auction is at the top and bottom of this email. You can also check out the rest of the auction line-up by clicking on this link:
The auction will run from March 23rd to April 2nd. This will be a unique opportunity for one lucky winner to have their name immortalised in a Darren Shan book forever!! All proceeds from the auction will go to Autism Speaks, a charity which seeks to help research the causes of autism.