Entries by Charlie Hintz


February 2, 2024. 4pm. A text message from my sister. “Grandma just passed away.” Two days after her 95th birthday. She stopped leaving the house or accepting visitors a long time ago, so I hadn’t seen her in over a decade. I did just talk to her on Christmas day, nearly yelling into the phone […]

Season’s Creepings

This year’s Mental Shed Christmas card celebrates the cosmic horror of the holiday season the way it was meant to be: With tentacles and dread.

The Creepiest Town in Wisconsin

The town of Whitewater is so steeped in weird history and bizarre legends of ghosts, monsters, and witchcraft that it’s come to be known as “Second Salem.”

The Vampire of Dusseldorf

When I read Deranged by Harold Schechter in the 90s, I never would have imagined one day a piece of my work would be in his. But now, a photo I captured of a serial killer’s severed head during a Wisconsin Dells trip for my daughter’s birthday is officially in print in Schechter’s new book […]