From the Loch Ness Monster to Bigfoot, man’s fascination with the monsters that hide at the edges of civilization stretches back to the first stories passed down in the old oral traditions. It wasn’t until the 1950’s when two zoologists coined the term cryptozoology and took these creatures from the pages of folklore to the pages of nonfiction books discussing the existence of these hidden animals. Over time cryptozoology grew with people’s love for the spooky and unknown, with movies being made about different animals and eventually an entire subculture of cryptozoologists was formed following different cryptids throughout the world. This year we’ve chosen cryptids as the focus of our yearly curated release. Similar to the Camp Karas special release projects in 2019, the Karas Kreepers will be a multi-faceted release spread over numerous months. We’re pulling ideas and artwork a story about an American Bestiary and the art created for that story from the amazing Tavo Montañez and adding to it, moving it to different settings, and generally putting our own small flair on it. It’s a large undertaking, we’re planning to cover all 50 Cryptids, though only 10-12 of them will be featured on pens with corresponding stickers, many of them will be adapted to notebooks, and the rest will be put on stickers, buttons, and magnets. We’re launching this series right before Halloween to set the stage for the spooky nights to come.
We’ve reached the end of our journey through the 50 states and they’re creepy cryptid, and just in time for Halloween. We didn’t plan it that way, it just so happens to have worked out that the final big push all came together in October 2021. Bear Lake is in Utah on the border with Idaho, stretching back to an 1868 article in the Deseret News, tales of a devil in the water have been told about this lake. The Bear Lake Monster is described as a massive undulating beast with 18-inch legs that moves “faster than a locomotive”. It has cream or green skin, sometimes resembles a cow at other times looks like a crocodile, and has been seen by so many people that the story is deemed “indisputable”. We’ve selected our Dragonskin Bolt to be the best option for displaying this lake monster. The grip, body, and knob have been tumbled and then sent off for a light green matte anodize application, while we’ve anodized the grip a matte red anodize; the red clip brings to mind the red eyes of the monster. We’ve used stainless steel screws to affix each piece, and the matte anodize is a lovely variegated look that gives off a sea monster’s scale-type feeling. On the side, we’ve laser-etched the Bear Lake Monster in all of its glory swimming through the depths. Accompanying the pen is a holographic vinyl sticker showing just how ferocious the beast is. The pen comes outfitted with a black Pilot G2 refill.
Overall Length – 140.462 mm / 5.53”
Body Width – 11.11 mm / 0.437”
Aluminum Weight – 29g / 1.0 oz