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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 from a creative commons cryptid map of the United States, then we’re taking the art 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.
Stretching back as far as the 1730s, German immigrants in and around Maryland and Virginia told stories of a winged beast that would silently terrorize the area and make off with livestock. They named the large winged beast the Sneller Geist or “quick spirit” based on how swiftly it would attack and retreat with a cow or other animal. The beast was relegated to a few pages in one book until 1909 when it began to show up in the pages of newspapers with descriptions like “enormous wings, a long pointed bill, claws like steel hooks, and an eye in the center of its forehead.” Further, it was said to make screeches “like a locomotive whistle.” The Snallygaster has grown in popularity making its way into the annals of the Harry Potter Universe and the video game Fallout 76. This is our Virginia release, the Snallygaster it’s dark green scales translated to a matte dark green Retrakt V2. We’ve chosen black hardware to give a more stealth-like appearance. We’ve adapted a classic piece of Snallygaster art into a laser etching on the side of the pen with the one-eyed Snallygaster glaring out of the pen. The pen ships with a corresponding sticker, and is our third Karas Kreepers release. The pen comes outfitted with a black Pilot G2 refill.
Capped Length – 129.79 mm / 5.11”
Uncapped Length – 124.71 mm / 4.91″
Maximum Body Width – 12.7 mm / 0.5”
Grip Width – 8.89 mm / 0.350″
Capped Weight – 33.2g / 1.17 oz
Uncapped Weight – 24.0g / 0.85 oz