Paranormal investigator Thomas Carnacki discovers a portal to the Outer Darkness located inside an ancient church and opened by the ringing of its bells. He is successful in closing it and beating back its guardian - the Outer God Yog-Sototh, or perhaps one of its avatars - with the aid of a mysterious entity in the guise of a large ginger tomcat.
- Thomas Carnacki, occult detective extraordinaire.
- The Ginger Tom, a guardian of the portal disguised as a housecat.
- Reverend John Wilkinson, a rural priest who appears to have a certain affinity for the supernatural.
- Mrs. Wilkinson, John's wife.
"Bats in the Belfry" was first published in Tails of Terror by Golden Goblin Press in 2018. It was later included in the collection of Meikle's own works Carnacki: Starry Wisdom and Other Stories in March 2021.