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For his part, Stephen King is offering a character name in a novel called "Cell," CNN/Money reported Tuesday.
"Buyer should be aware that 'CELL' is a violent piece of work ... Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying," King wrote in his description on eBay. "Character can be male or female, but a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female."
Other authors include Michael Chabon, John Grisham, Amy Tan, Daniel Handler, Peter Straub, Andrew Sean Greer, Karen Joy Fowler, Dorothy Allison, Jonathan Lethem, Ayelet Waldman, Nora Roberts, Neil Gaiman, Dave Eggers, Rick Moody and ZZ Packer.
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