New “Fairy Tale” Collection with Local Ties
Local Author relies on nearby “ghost town” for producing new short story collection, Grimms American Macabre.
Writing with her pen name Lizbeth Grimm, Green Bay author now living in Madison is getting her fifth book published. She uses the history of Grimms, Wisconsin, because the house on the cover of the book was built there in 1883 by a limestone cement company. Grimms was a company town, and her grandmother’s father, H. Jacob Grimm, settled there. Her father, Bill Bebow, was raised in that house. The house had to be torn down because it had become too dangerous with kids partying there (look close at the book cover for proof of this partying).
Bebow-Reinhard had always envision writing a book of modern fairy tales, ever since learning of her Grimm heritage. She has written, and collected over the years, tales she feels fits this theme. There’s the story of a Chinese immigrant who just wants to become American, even though her folks cling to the old ways. There’s the mom who was too busy with her job to focus on the needs of her family. There’s the two children, in a salute to Hansel and Gretel, who run away from home and find an old man who’s ready to help them remember what’s important. These are stories that don’t necessarily have happy ending
s, but they have the right endings. It’s a book for all ages, with 24 short stories in all.
The book was released on October 25th from All Things That Matter Press. More information can be found at www.grimmsetc.com
Into this, an original Grimms’ house, where fairies await in every corner of every room and invite you to explore karmic justice, nature’s retribution, animal guides, and human spiritual awakening. Won’t you step inside?
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ABOUT THE HOUSE, THE AUTHOR, THE BOOK
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were the famous Grimms Brothers who penned all those fairy tale collections. Their books outsold everything but the bible, and that’s without mentioning all the movie adaptations, and now a TV series. The brothers were born in Hanau, Germany, which is just north of a limestone-laden area.
While Lizbeth Grimm cannot claim direct descent from these famous brothers (only one of which married and had children), her father grew up in Grimms, Wisconsin, a limestone-laden area, in the house on the cover built by a limestone/cement company around 1883. Grimms was a company town, named for the several immigrants from Germany who settled there. One was Lizbeth’s great-grandfather, Jacob Grimm. Lizbeth found out she was a Grimm as a child, and began to envision having her own fairy tale collection someday. She has been gathering these stories for a long time.
The limestone business was booming in Grimms, Wisconsin in the 1930s, when her grandmother, who raised nine children here, became a widow. The town even had a Speed Queen Washing Machine Company because lime quarrying back then was dirty business. Grimms today is an unincorporated village within the township of Cato, its ghostly presence known by a road marker and a few still-standing residences. This house, however, did not fall naturally. It had to be torn down for fear of injury to the youth having parties there (part of which you can see on the cover if you look close.)
As the house aged, Lizbeth often visited with her extended family there. The house had no indoor plumbing and a big cast iron stove crackled and hissed, always hot and ready to cook. Her job was helping to gather firewood and an occasional cowchip from the herd up on the hill.
In later years, after her grandmother moved away, Lizbeth felt the house was haunted, or, at least, had stories to tell.
Her collection here, while not exactly traditional, follow the convention of fairy tales as lessons for our modern world.
So come on in—these tales are waiting for you.
You can buy at Amazon, but until I provide the link, please search on Lizbeth Grimm to see both formats available.