ASIA ERIKSEN AN HORROR ENTHUSIAST DESIGNS WEREPUPS! HALF-HUMAN-HALF-WEREWOLF BABY DOLLS TO BE CARRIED AS AN ACCESSORY IN BIZARRE INTERNET SENSATION EVEN REACHING A-LIST CELEBRITIES
- The werepups are created Asia Eriksen in her home in Coaldale, Pennsylvania
- Creations take hours, and even sometimes months, of intricate work to make
- Asia has amassed an online following as well as celebrity fans
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By Luke Kenton
This horror-loving creator Asia Eriksen is responsible for starting a bizarre online craze, after hand-crafting hyper life like werewolf babies that sell for hundreds of pounds and celebrities can’t get enough of.
In the lab of her Coaldale, Pennsylvania, home, Asia Eriksen, 34, transforms herself into mad scientist alter ego ‘Dr. Baxter’, before creating her customizable hand-held monsters called ’Werepups’.
These creations take hours, and even sometimes months, of intricate work to create and have amassed a cult following online.
Bought to commemorate a lost loved one, or just for a shocking accessory, Asia had to suspend orders for a year after demand exceeded her physical capabilities.
Complete with real hair, the pups can sell for anywhere between 500 GBP (670 USD) to 1000 GBP (1350 USD), and Asia’s customers include horror icons such as Alice Cooper and Robert Englund, famous for playing Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street.
But Asia Eriksen, who created the original Werepup after experimenting with her husband’s art supplies, admits it’s the stories of the everyday customer – such as helping someone to cope with a terminal illness – that keeps her inspired to continue creating.
Speaking to Travis Hoefle from The Wizard of Odd TV , Asia said: “The lab is filled with all kinds of medical oddities collected throughout the years – it creates an atmosphere that helps me get in the mood to create.
“Dr. Baxter is an alter ego I created and he sort of represents all of my obsessive thoughts, stress and passions.
“It can take a couple of weeks to over a month to make Werepups and I usually have a few on the go at once.
“It takes a long time to root the hair – each one is applied individually – and it’s certainly the most tedious part.
“They have real hair and they’re in silicone, so they have more translucency to the skin – it’s very life-like.
“People buy these for a lot of reasons: some people are just werewolf enthusiasts like me, but others buy them to represent a lost loved one or a pet.
“Sometimes people want it to reflect themselves, so I match their eye color, skin tone – and I’ve even been sent human hair before, too.
“A lot of the feedback has been quite emotional for me.
“There are people who have going through terminal illnesses and have told me how much my work has helped them – it makes me very emotional to think about.
“I can’t quite believe that I made something that means so much to people.”