Pay what you want for Neil Gaiman rarities, and help CBLDF

Here's a chance to get your hands on some rare Neil Gaiman work and support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. OK, maybe not "hands," because it's all digital ...

The bestselling author has teamed with Humble Bundle for the appropriately titled "Neil Gaiman Rarities" bundle, featuring a range of books from early in his career, including his debut book, Duran Duran: The First Four Years of the Fab Five, from his days as a journalist.

As you undoubtedly know by now, Humble allows you to name your price for DRM-free downloads, with a portion going to charity, in this case the CBLDF and The Moth. The author's proceeds will benefit the The Gaiman Foundation, which funds free speech, education and civil rights charities.

"It's broken all the previous Humble Bundle records for Books," Gaiman wrote last night, just 10 hours after the launch. "As I type this, about 7,000 people have already bought the  Bundle. It's raised $133,000."

For as little as a penny, you can get Adventures in the Dream Trade (essays, poems, lyrics, and essays from Gaiman's American Gods journal), Gods & Tulips (the controversial1993 "Tulip Speech," an essay on conducting signings, and a speech offering advice to young creators), Free Speeches (speeches by Gaiman, Frank Miller and others), Being an Account of the Life and Death of the Emperor Heliogabolous (24-hour comic, written and drawn by Gaiman) and Angels & Visitations (first collection of prose fiction, nonfiction and poetry).

Those who pay more than the average price (currently $19.33, which, as Gaiman points out, is more than the top level) will unlock Ghastly Beyond Belief (his never-republished second book of oddball quotes), "Day of the Dead" (a fully annotated Babylon 5 script), An Honest Answer & Other Stories (a collaboration with Bryan Talbot and Dave McKean), Feeders & Eaters & Other Stories (collaborations with Mark Buckingham, including a comic about Alan Moore), Sweeney Todd & Other Stories (an unfinished, never-republished graphic novel with Michael Zulli), "Neil Dreams" (short comics of dreams, by and about Gaiman, done by and with Rick Veitch), and the two controversial U.K. comics anthologies Outrageous Tales From the Old Testament and Seven Deadly Sins, which also feature contributions from Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Dave McKean, Bryan Talbot and others.

The top tier, which is technically no longer the top, as  the average price paid by customer is so high, features the aforementioned Duran Duran book, Manuscript in a Milk Bottle (a never-before-reprinted short story, complete with new introduction), Love, Fishie (poems by Neil and Maddy Gaiman, limited edition of 100) and A Little Gold Book of Ghastly Stuff (an out-of-print book of short fiction, essays and poems).

More books are set to be added Sept. 16. The promotion ends Sept. 23.

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