Book lovers and writers have a golden opportunity to help out a writer who has given readers years of remarkable stories. Ed Bryant is a horror and science fiction writer, with numerous Nebula and Bram Stoker awards for his fiction. He is also known as a reviewer and critic, with his work appearing regularly in Locus Magazine and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies.

According to Friends of Ed, Bryant has fallen on hard times due to financial complications from his heart bypass surgery in 2004, a limited income stream and predatory actions by individuals who took advantage of Ed’s kindness. At one point, Ed (who is also a type 1 diabetic) did not have funds available to purchase insulin and was in danger of foreclosure on his house. Thankfully, friends and caregivers stepped in to handle those troubles, but Ed is still facing a long uphill battle to satisfy his financial and medical responsibilities.

To that end, a third party trust fund has been set up for Ed at the Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities. In addition, an amazing auction has been established to help Bryant with his medical expenses.

A live auction will take place on October 23, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency in the Denver Tech Center during MileHiCon 43. Additionally, an online auction through eBay will take place in the week prior to MileHiCon 43, ending on both Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2011. Interested bidders can either visit during the MileHiCon 43 convention to bid during a live auction or participate online through the eBay auction here.

The auction includes things like lunch with Neil Gaiman; a pencil/graphite drawing of the chapter head and tail piece for BRIENNE Book Two of A Feast for Crows (George RR Martin), signed by the artist, Thomas Canty; Peter Straub’s fountain pens; a fiction critique by Harlan Ellison and many, many other amazing items.

For more information, check out the Friends of Ed site or their Facebook page.

Please remember that your bidding dollars go to Ed Bryant directly, after overhead costs. He thanks you for your support and encourages you to dig deep!

Thanks so much to Mary Robinette Kowal for making us aware of Bryant’s struggle and the auction.

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