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'Game of Thrones' promises 'grisly death' to top donors

WASHINGTON -- George R.R. Martin, author of the books that were made into the cult TV saga “Game of Thrones,” has promised a “grisly death” to two donors who give US$20,000 to a wolf sanctuary.

In a video and statement on the crowdfunding site Prizeo.com, the author calls for donations to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a refuge near the southwestern U.S. city of Santa Fe.

“I've always been fond of wolves,” he said, noting that “US wolf populations hit critical lows during the twentieth century.”

The money raised — the overall goal is set at US$500,000 — will also support The Food Depot charity, which provided more than 500,000 meals to people in need last year.

The U.S. novelist calls for donations starting at just US$10.

But at the highest level, US$20,000, a man and a woman will each be given the chance of having a character — “lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything” — named after them in Martin's upcoming “Song of Ice and Fire” novel, according to Prizeo.

“You will certainly meet a grisly death,” the site warned.

As of Friday evening at 9:00 p.m. (0100 GMT Saturday) more than US$280,000 had been raised — including two donations of US$20,000 each claiming the character-naming prizes.

Other rewards offered for smaller-scale donations included t-shirts, books and a drawing to visit the writer and the wolves.

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