The Chimes - A Goblin Story - By Charles Dickens. The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In, a short vel by Charles Dickens, was written and published in 1844, one year after A Christmas Carol and one year before The Cricket on the Hearth. It is the second in his series of Christmas books five short books with strong social and moral messages that he published during the 1840s. The book was written in late 1844, during Dickens' year-long visit to Italy. John Forster, his first biographer, records that Dickens, hunting for a title and structure for his next contracted Christmas story, was struck one day by the clamour of the Geese bells audible from the villa where they were staying. All Gea lay beneath him, and up from it, with some sudden set of the wind, came in one fell sound the clang and clash of all its steeples, pouring into his ears, again and again, in a tuneless, grating, discordant, jerking, hideous vibration that made his ideas spin round and round till they lost themselves in a whirl of vexation and giddiness, and dropped down dead.