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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

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?



  1. The Last Resort: A young man who robs and kills old women finds himself stranded at an “old age home” filled with them. Karma’s a bitch.
  2. Heart of Ahmalia by Nancy Byng: A gypsy girl with two hearts finds out she was adopted and goes off with a crazy old fiddler to seek her real parents. Two hearts are handy when one gets broken.
  3. Night Goes On: Night stalkers become the stalked. Fear not the bear, for she lives to try again.
  4. Wolves in the Woods (Part 1): Is it greed or survival? Are the wolves real, or aren’t they? Parents teach their daughter a lesson in the abuse of psychic powers.
  5. Tree’s Vengeance: An enchanted tree from Story 2 ruin’s a girl’s golf game. Watch that slice!
  6. Once Upon a Bug by Lloyd Grimm: One friend’s hospitality to another leads to total societal downfall. All because of hunger.
  7. The Sleepover: Those who tell fearful stories run the risk of becoming one.
  8. Ocean Blue: Moving on to your next life is hard when you can’t let this one go. Lessons of love are as vast as time.
  9. Wisdom of the Name, adapted from an Oneida Indian tale: What’s in a name? More than you might think! A native journey into the unknown to explore the burden we all bear.
  10.  The Great Worm Empire by Royal Grimm: Before going to war you better know who you’re fighting. Light political humor.
  11.   The Neglected Daughter: What’s a daughter to do? She wants her parents back together, and discovers she has nearly as much power as they do to create an abnormal solution.
  12.   The Love Spell, by Lynnie D Grimm: Who says being in love is easy? A transgender tale that uses a love spell to change the outside, but not the inside.
  13.   The Logger’s Dilemma, adapted from a Northwoods tale presented by Bernice and Gordon Falk: Legend of the Light of the Lake has been around for centuries and one logger needs to find a way to talk to it. A fairy tale in its truest form.
  14.   Gaming for Life: A mom tries to get into her daughter’s love of video gaming—only this one’s for real. And for life.
  15.   Hiding in Caves: There’s more than one kind of cave in life and the second is the kind we cannot see. Readers’ favorite.
  16.   Scream for Ice Cream: An immigrant story of a Chinese girl who just wants to feel like a real American. She discovers the idea that we all have an animal hidden inside us, waiting to be released.
  17.   The  Revolution: An apocalyptic idea—the true rulers of the planet begin to take the planet back.
  18.   Sisters in a Tree by Ceara Jaen Baxter: The choice between caring for nature and fun in the city dooms nature’s most important resource, and the women caring for it. But nature can sometimes find a way to return.
  19.   End of the World: A father chases his daughter over a cliff following a giraffe who wants to save them. The world’s end is also its beginning.
  20.    The Return: Her children are tired of her neglect.  She finds a way to make amends, so they get more than they bargained for.
  21.   Wolves in the Woods (Part 2): The most controversial of the stories, where a girl and her brother go into the woods to explore, and discover nature’s ultimate retribution.
  22.   The Troll: An internet troller is a bit too imaginative and her lies leak out into her “real” life.
  23.   First Day by Lynnie D Grimm: A little girl’s first day of school has unexpected consequences when her teacher becomes a donkey.
  24.   Escape to Grahms: A re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, where runaway children are told to find Grandpa Grahms to help them, but are not told the kind of help they need.


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.

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