A woman has sparked a bizarre online craze crafting creepy ‘WerePups’ selling for ¬£1,000 – and celebrities love them.
Horror fan Asia Eriksen, 34, transforms herself into mad scientist alter ego ‚ÄėDr. Baxter‚Äô, before creating her customisable hand-held monsters called ‚ÄôWerePups‚Äô.
The bizarre doll-like creations resemble a hybrid of a baby and a werewolf and can take months of intricate work.
Bought to commemorate a lost loved one, or just for a shocking accessory, Asia has sparked an online cult as fellow horror fans go wild for her creations.
She even 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 and ¬£1000, and Asia‚Äôs customers even include horror icons such as Alice Cooper and Robert Englund, famous for playing Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street.
But Asia, who created the original WerePup after experimenting with her husband‚Äôs art supplies, admits it‚Äôs the stories of the everyday customer ‚Äď such as helping someone to cope with a terminal illness ‚Äď that keeps her inspired to continue creating.
Speaking to The Wizard of Odd TV , Asia said: ‚ÄúThe lab is filled with all kinds of medical oddities collected throughout the years ‚Äď it creates an atmosphere that helps me get in the mood to create.
‚ÄúDr. Baxter is an alter ego I created and he sort of represents all of my obsessive thoughts, stress and passions.
‚ÄúIt can take a couple of weeks to over a month to make Werepups and I usually have a few on the go at once.
‚ÄúIt takes a long time to root the hair ‚Äď each one is applied individually ‚Äď and it‚Äôs certainly the most tedious part.
‚ÄúThey have real hair and they‚Äôre in silicone, so they have more translucency to the skin ‚Äď it‚Äôs very life-like.
‚ÄúPeople 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.”
Asia said some customers even ask for their WerePups to resemble the, with matching features.
She added: ‚ÄúSometimes people want it to reflect themselves, so I match their eye color, skin tone – and I‚Äôve even been sent human hair before, too.
‚ÄúA lot of the feedback has been quite emotional for me.
‚ÄúThere are people who have going through terminal illnesses and have told me how much my work has helped them ‚Äď it makes me very emotional to think about.
‚ÄúI can‚Äôt quite believe that I made something that means so much to people.‚ÄĚ