Hell’s Bells Alive

The Australian Horror Writers Association has published a new anthology with a Christmas ghost theme. It’s called Hell’s Bells.

It showcases some great writing and one of my stories, called “Bitterness of Brugmansia.” Brugmansia is commonly known as Angel’s Trumpet… a pretty freaky flower, if you ask me, because the flowers hang downwards. My story explores hybridisation of Angel’s Trumpet with a Christmas tree at Pacific Fair, and a troubled relationship between the main character and their partner.

The stories were donated by the writers and all funds raised will support the activities of the association. I’ve included the table of contents and contributors below. You can preview or purchase the book here.




Hell’s Bells

Tradition ~ Martin Livings
The Christmas Before Night ~ Neil Cladingboel
When All Goes Cold ~ David Schembri
Oh Christmas Tree ~ Jason Nahrung
Christmas Spirit ~ Chris Mason
Ever Near To Us ~ Bernie Rutkay
I’ll Be Home For Christmas ~ Greg Chapman
The Gift ~ Mark Smith-Briggs
Three Doors Down ~ Cameron Trost
Hairy Plopper and the Half-Blood Pudding ~ Keith Williams
When This You See, Think Of Me ~ Deborah Sheldon
A Christmas Carillon ~ Joy Loggie
Christmas Past ~ Anthony Ferguson
Do Not Open This Gift ~ Chris Ferdinands
Propellor ~ C S Hughes
Feeding The Fire ~ Barb Ettridge
All I Want ~ Angela J Maher
Grandmother Rina ~ Geneve Flynn
Strange How Potent Cheap Music Can Be ~ Rob Barden
Santa’s Slay ~ Louise Zedda-Sampson
Home For Christmas ~ Trevor Cleland
The Carol Singer At The Back ~ Rebecca Fraser
Christmas Morning ~ Steve Paulsen
Alone ~ Steve Herczeg
The thought that Counts ~ Christopher Pulo
Roland’s Merry Christmas ~ Gerry Huntman
Bitterness Of Brugmansia ~ Helen Stubbs
Old Man Christmas ~ Andy Cull
Christmas Presence ~ Matthew R Davis
Yellagonga ~ Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Rescue By Santa ~ Noel Osualdini
A Hellish Christmas ~ Onyx D’Castro-Noack
A Christmas Retribution ~ Silvia Brown
Ghosts Of Christmases Past ~ Darren Gore
The Daughter Of Clay ~ Shaun Taylor
ree Little Words ~ Steve Dillon
The Covenant Guarantee ~ Adam Bertram
Living With Loss ~ Alan Baxter
In A Perfect World ~ Michael Claudius
Deck the Walls ~ Claire Fitzpatrick


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