Aeternus Fidei

October again? So soon?




Once upon a time, I wrote a book about hunting vampires.


Cliche, campy to the point of parody in places, overcooked dialogue that would make any fan of classic noir proud, The Slick Furies is the story of criminal profiler Talessia Sinclair, her partner, Agent Finn Treadwell, and their quest to capture Demetri Altrani, the vampire.


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Aeternus Fidei, it means Eternal Faith.


The Slick Furies.

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The vampire novel.

Talessia Sinclair works for The Aeternus Fidei Research and Development Center in the quiet City of New Faith, as a criminal profiler. Her last case left her sitting behind a desk, filing papers, for the mysterious Tom Lassiter. Now she must return to the hunt, with her new partner, the no-nonsense, Agent Finn Treadwell, to catch a vicious serial killer. However, this serial killer, is different. This serial killer, is a Vampire!

The Slick Furies is a pulp-horror roller coaster ride firmly anchored in the modern world with roots trailing back to Sixteenth Century France and beyond. Call it Vampire Noir, with a sense of humor, this book never pretends to be something it isn’t. With deeper themes of transformation and love, The Slick Furies will leave you hoping for another bite!

The Slick Furies is available now on Kindle Direct at Amazon.

Paperback coming soon!

Pulp-Horror and The Making of THE SLICK FURIES.



The Slick Furies


Teri Skultety

I’ve finished writing my synopsis. The book is in the final stages of review before I get my advanced copy for proofing. As soon as I hit the button to begin that process, I thought of two things that I need to change, or clarify, so I’ll get to figure out how to do that. I’m also incredibly nervous as to whether or not I managed to get the cover for the book right. As I am doing every last bit of this myself, am I learning as I go. I know that I can do it, I can get it right, but as to whether or not it all uploaded correctly as yet, I don’t know. I’ve written the official synopsis for the book. One thing at a time, so far, right on schedule. In fact, so on schedule that I feel comfortable saying that the original deadline that I set for myself with this book was/is Halloween. I’d reveal the cover right now but I’m not sure if I got it formatted right yet! You can kind of get the idea from above.

What is this book?

Call it Pulp-Horror, call it Vampire Noir. This book doesn’t pretend to be something that it isn’t. If it were a film, it would definitely deserve at least an R-rating. This is a fun book, deadly serious fun.

How did I end up writing a Vampire Novel when I don’t like vampires?
That is a question for the ages. When I started writing this book, I was coming off of having just finished writing a western, a horror-sci-fi, romance, western mash-up, complete with a werewolf, an alien, and vampires, in it. I had not intended for there to be vampires in the western. I thought that having written that, I was done with vampires. What I intended to write was a straight crime novel, some Noir, or pulp type fiction. Before I ever wrote the first word of THE SLICK FURIES, this thought snuck into my head, “Yeah, but, what if the serial killer were a vampire? Aren’t all vampires really serial killers anyway?”
As often previously mentioned, I cut my teeth on shows like Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Night Gallery, IN SEARCH OF…, Kolchak, and then there was The X-Files, and a real crime story series called CITY CONFIDENTIAL that I still watch episodes of. Heck, I still watch episodes of all of those shows, as well as new ones of that ilk that strike my fancy. In my day I’ve read horror novels, true crime novels, romances, and that all goes into the mix.
Because I don’t like vampires and didn’t see them in any kind of a romantic light, my approach to writing this story was that the characters themselves, at some point, have had to come to grips with the fact that,”Yeah, can you believe it? Vampires, are real.” Along with a variety of other creatures, monsters, and possibilities. This created room for humor. This book doesn’t take itself too seriously.
However, at 455 pages, it is a serious book. I fought myself through the first draft, getting up, walking away from the computer, fit throwing, you name it. I didn’t want to write it and I couldn’t stop writing it. I was angry through a lot of the writing of this book, some of that was just life, some of that turned out to have more to do with the stage of life that I’m at. A lot of the time it was like I couldn’t get out of my own way and it had to be something, or someone, else that was keeping me writing this instead of what I really wanted to be writing. But I’d get to certain point in the story and I’d know what happened next. At the moment when I knew what the ending had to be, there was no way that I wasn’t going to finish writing it. This was my transformation, sometimes ugly and painful, into full-fledged novelist.
Most writers put a lot of themselves into their books. To say that there is a lot of ME in this book, would be a massive understatement. In the last ten years or so, a lot of Talessia’s story came from my own, though this certainly a fictional story. There are, however, parts of me in a lot of these characters, their experiences are drawn in some way from my own, I can see some of myself in them. I learned the value of monsters, and by that I mean vampires, werewolves, creatures, as metaphor, for the expression of human emotion and experience. Writing this book, I fell completely in love with writing fiction.
This book taught me, again, to get out of my own way and just write it. If it turns out to be vampires or whatever it is, then it does. If it’s rated G, or R, or X, when it’s done, then it is.
The Elements
What if the serial killer is a vampire? From there I had this poem that I’d written in January of 2012, about the hollow promise of everything, that all that glitters isn’t gold.
I had this story that was published by Solarcide, “THE LOVE”, that I’d wanted to do more with. That story introduced the idea of religious themes to the mix, as did researching my own ancestry and finding out just how far back I could go with it. I’d been reading some mythology and had written the poem Thelxiepeia. In the course of that I’d read about the Erinyes, or Furies, Greek deities of vengeance. I thought, THE SLICK FURIES, and I could see it, and, it stuck with me.
Then of course there are all of the elements of classic crime stories and vampire clichés. Hopefully there’s a new twist or two on some things, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I say roll with it.





It’s very technical work sometimes, trying to keep track of things.


It’s all fiction but really, make things up. To me, this is one of the best things about writing fiction, just make stuff up. This story takes place in The City of New Faith, someplace that I fabricated. The streets, the buildings, the history, completely made up, including when the township was founded, in 1789, and when it was really founded, in 1607. What it all was in my head was kind of sort of someplace like New Orleans, or San Francisco, or San Diego, if those cities still had more rural outlying suburbs. The original draft centered around the workings of “The Agency” which later became entrenched as part of “The Aeternus Fidei Research and Development Center” because when you’re talking about centuries old vampires, at some point there’s going to be Latin involved. Aeternus Fidei translates to “Eternal Faith.”  Writing about vampires is kind of fun, they’ve been alive for so long, a vampire could have known most any historical figure.
 It isn’t quite time to give away too many details about the main characters of this story because that might give away too much of the story. But like I said, this book isn’t pretending to be anything that it isn’t. I’m working up mini-bios for them.





A glimpse of the interiors.


Will there be a sequel or a second book in a possible trilogy or series?
Right now, knowing what it took to get this first book written and that I haven’t even got it out the door yet, still having quite a bit of work to do in these final stages… I don’t know.
I will say that while I didn’t write the ending with a sequel in mind, it is, nonetheless, perfectly set up to lead into a second book. One of the other things that I love about fiction and sequels, making things up, writing stories like this, is that anything can happen in them. Did you ever watch soap operas back in the day, sometimes a character would die off but not really be dead, only hidden away somewhere, or an actor would quit or get fired, and they’d say, “The part of Hercules Rampart will now be played by Millard Bolangerie.” Well, I just always thought that was the greatest, most ridiculous thing. How many times did Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, come back? I saw “Friday the 13th; The Final Chapter” in the theaters and we had a blast calling it, “Friday the 13th; The Final Chapter, Yeah, Right” and “Friday the 13th; The Final Chapter, Allegedly.”
Really, the second book is in my head, possibly a third. I started the research over a year ago. But that doesn’t mean that I will write those books, or, a finish writing them. Once I knew that I was going to do this myself, publish myself, it changed a lot of things. I love this process, I mean, I love it. I have learned so much. It is, however, a tremendous amount of work to write any book, particularly a book of this length. I don’t know. I do know that I definitely will complete some other projects and write something else first, I need to.






Sequel? Possibly.






Right now, knock on wood, say a prayer, things are schedule for THE SLICK FURIES to be available for purchase in October, 2016! ( or sooner…we’ll see.)
In closing, I thanked a lot of people earlier in the day. I’m always terribly hesitant about all such things, hesitant to presume or assume. I mean, I don’t know, perhaps people don’t want to be thanked or whatever it is. I’ve acknowledged people before because I thought their work was good or webpage was cool, what have you, and sometimes people don’t appreciate it. That aside, there are many people who were kind to me, decent to me here and there, who helped in little ways or big ways, a lot of times perhaps in moments when they had no idea how much it meant, and I am so thankful and grateful to them and for them. I do tend to think that things happen for a reason and work out as they should. Finishing this book, doing this myself, has given me back a sense of myself. I’m nervous, oh yes I am. I know that I couldn’t have written it, or finished it, or managed to get through any of it, without the people who have been decent and supportive along the way, in one way or another.
Thank-you, from the bottom of my heart, so very much.
Teri Skultety
10 September, 2016




The Slick Furies.

I’m super tired. Is that the best time to write a blog post? Hopefully this won’t be too rambling.

I have surpassed the sixty thousand word mark on the edits/re-write of the vampire novel. I have approximately sixty-six pages of the original text, about twenty thousand words, to finish, knowing that I’ll likely add a chapter or two. I’m right on time for the schedule that I set for myself with this.

I started writing this novel in January of 2013 and finished writing and started a sequel that same year. I did not want to write about vampires. I threw numerous fits about it. I quit writing it at about twenty-three thousand words, walked away, said “I hate vampires, I’m not doing this.” At which point the rest of the book wrote itself in my head over the course of a couple of days and I had to get it all down on paper. Not only did I have to get it all down on paper, I wanted to.

In the beginning, it made me feel really sick to write it. Headaches, sick to my stomach. For me, writing has involved a lot of catharsis, thus far anyway. People might say, “Well, why would you write horror?” I didn’t set out to write a vampire novel, like I said, I don’t like vampires, and perhaps, I’m not that much of a planner?

Why do I dislike vampires and where did this idea for this book come from?


My actual blood, actual.

I dislike vampires, and I mean no offense to anyone whatsoever in this, but because I was deathly ill when I was an adolescent, there was a time when my blood was being drawn twice a week, every week, for several months. There was a time when I was in the hospital and they’d come in while I was asleep, take my temperature with one of those then new temperature things that they’d stick on your forehead, and if I had a fever, I’d often wake up with a nurse standing on one side of me, gently holding me there, and a phlebotomist standing on the other side of me, with a syringe already stuck in my arm. I had nightmares for a quite a while, I think that it’s a lot to have to toughen up about at any age. However, I think that being that age, being faced with mortality, the constancy of the blood work, it might have been abnormal had I not equated it to vampires at some point. One of the first R-rated movies that I was allowed to watch was during that time, “Altered States,” and the transformation scenes resonated with me because, what the heck was happening to me? Was I dying? They said I might not live. What was I becoming? Needless to say, the idea of vampires as any kind of romantic, immortal, creatures, wasn’t something that was going to fly with me.

But that time of my life passed, I lived, I went on, and it isn’t that we forget, it’s simply that we put such things behind us, we continue on in the present. I’ve been through other bouts with illness, some equally arduous. I live with Still’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis. Suffice it say that vampires haven’t ever been my favorite thing. I felt like I turned into some strange wolf creature, was turning into that, all of those years ago, and they kept taking my blood trying to figure it out, or turn me into a vampire, one of them. But, it still wasn’t what I intended to write or would have said that I wanted to write.

But I wrote some horror stories trying to push my own boundaries and that’s something that I’ve always done,  push my own boundaries, something that I’ve never need prompting to do. Years ago I knew that I wasn’t comfortable writing about sex. So I got comfortable writing about sex. When I started writing horror stories, I wasn’t comfortable writing violence or about violence. Without realizing it, I had begun to think in terms of How am I ever going to write whatever kind of book if I can’t write a sex scene? If I can’t describe a violent crime? How I am ever going to be free as a writer to write whatever if I’m holding myself back from ever writing any kind of fiction that might offend someone? If I’m not getting outside of my own beliefs as well?

From that came a story called “The Love” that was originally published at Solarcide and appears in the “Solarcidal Tendencies” anthology, a story about archangels in love with each other, having become carnal, battling a Lucifer character. It was a really fun story to write, surprisingly so.


There was also a poem that I wrote in January of 2012…

They bust the rusted meadows gate,
They wait the darkness for the dawn,
They drink the stars,
They curse the moon,
They wander on and on,
They steal away the slipstream sleep,
And purge the soul with fire,
They promise everlasting life,
And all that you desire….

I’ve been writing poetry all of my life, essentially, at this point so that for me now, it’s simply something that I can do, after decades of practice. But I looked at that poem and I thought, “They bust the rusted meadows gate…” What the heck is that? From there I think that it was only a matter of time before a longer story began to present itself because I could see the vampires from the poem trying to get in some huge gate somewhere like zombies. Sometimes the poetry that I write is “with intention,” I’ll think I want to write a poem about a butterfly, however more often than not I’ll get the first line or two and then it just goes from there. I didn’t know that it was a poem about vampires until I wrote the last line.

Other inspirations that went into it are obviously every other vampire thing that I somehow know after this many years on earth. I’ll likely get more in depth about those specifics another time though many of them are included, listed, referenced, in other posts here on my webpage. But I’d never written a full length novel before.

I wrote it, I started to write a sequel. Then I set it aside because I just felt like it was making me sick and I kept fighting it. In reality, it was making me well. In reality, writing this novel has mapped my maturation as a writer, and is the book, the story, that graduated me completely from poet to novelist. I will write many other books, but there will never be another first novel. During the course of this process, from beginning it in January of 2013, to finishing the first edits in July of 2014 and filing my copyright, to submitting it and having it ( quite nicely) rejected, to now, I’ve learned so much. Practice.

What seventy-two thousand words, two-hundred and forty-four typed pages looks like.

I’ve almost quit this book more times than I can count. But I’m not a quitter and at some point it became not only about the fact that I believe in this story, but about learning to to be a novelist. How do you get good at something? I decided that I didn’t want to abandon this story. I decided to type it again, to re-write all seventy-two thousand plus words, from the beginning, for my own learning if for nothing else. That’s more than two hundred pages.

I learned that not only do I love writing fiction, I love writing genre fiction. I truly have fallen in love with writing longer stories. I never would have anticipated that I would because poetry involves so much instant gratification for me. I’ve discovered that the “short-story,” from about twenty-five hundred to five thousand words, is my least favorite form/length to write. I’ve found that writing flash-fiction is another thing that I’m in love with doing. My idea of myself as a writer not only evolved with this book, it has come into being.

I look at the first poem that I ever wrote and I know that to be the beginning of all of my writing, though not necessarily my fascination with language. This is the book that made me a novelist. Far from being my first attempt at writing a novel, there have been many other tries over the years, many, I think that the first time that I tried to write a complete novel I was eighteen, and that’s important too because just like all of the poems that I was writing without realizing that I was practicing every time, honing my skills every time, all of those other attempts at completing a novel went into this one, and this is the one that I will see through. This is the one that I decided that even if I have to publish it myself, it is getting done. I wanted to take a moment and kind of think about that, savor it a little bit, before I begin the big push through the last fifteen or twenty thousand words because I hated this, because I fought it and it couldn’t be fought or I never would have finished it in the first place. I’ve come out the other side of it with the understanding, the knowing that this is what I’m supposed to be doing, writing fiction. I’ve learned so much about the value of fiction, of the emotional truths that can be expressed with it, of story telling, about how I misunderstood the limitlessness of genre writing and I feel like I’ve been given this incredible gift.

Before this, I understood how it is that I write poetry, I understood myself as a poet.  Now I understand how it is that I write novels, and myself as a novelist.

When the time comes, of course I’ll be offering up the synopsis, the pitch, the what is this vampire novel about anyway? That I’ve spent three years on it?

I will always be a poetess and write and publish poetry. Now I am a novelist, a fiction writer, and really, I couldn’t be happier about that.

The original title of the book was “The Slick Furies.” I decided to change it, to “Travel Long the Night” from an old poem of mine, and then I decided to change it back, because that’s the kind of book that it is, a caper book. I may yet use “Travel Long the Night” for another book.

I’ve listened to a lot of Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Audioslave, over the last three years while writing this thing. Some Better than Ezra too. I’ve made playlists, deleted, made other ones, while wrestling around with this thing.

Some of those songs….


Vampire movies…

Near Dark, Love at First Bite, Blade, Interview with the Vampire, Only Lovers Left Alive, What We Do in the Shadows, Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Lost Boys, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Underworld, Queen of the Damned, Last Man on Earth.

My favorite vampire movie is “Only Lovers Left Alive.” I think that it’s beautiful and perfect, and I didn’t think that I could love a vampire movie. “Blade” is still my favorite anti-vampire movie. “Near Dark” will always be a favorite for a reason that I’ve never fully revealed because it would be a spoiler but it’s kind of fitting because like I said, writing this book made me sick, and then it made it me well.

I wanted to take a moment. I know now that I’ll be done working on this book, Travel Long the Night, this year. I know that whether or not I write the sequel, I’m going to work on and complete some other writing project first. There are so many things that I want to write, so much.

~ Teri Skultety


“There’s nothing to writing, all you do is sit down at a typewriter and open up a vein.”

~ Red Smith

Wolf Song.

The ragged edge of sleep,

Oh how it taunts,
And in the waking hours dares to haunt the soul
Of hunters graceless in their gait
Who in their hunger hardly care to wait
Unless then patience proves to be their need
They’d rather cut your throat and watch you bleed,
To eat then of the heart and soul of man
Or of the female breast however sweet.
To them you are yet but a piece of meat.
And love and lust are only means and ways
To separate you early from your days
The wolf devours and the raven scraps.
Their eyes follow after you.
Their breath sets traps.
Sickly sweet and seeping with the night.
You lie awake still staring at the light.
The bulb a buzz of human discontent
You toss and turn for where the hours went.
Then wander through your days as though a dream
Until you are become that which you feared
And the animal beneath your skin appears.
The flesh it rips first open is your own,
The lengthening of nails and teeth and bone,
Until from two legs you are down to four,
And all you ever think about is more.
I will find you there in the moon’s clear shine,
And show you all the ways that you are mine.
Teri Skultety
Happy Halloween!

The Eve of All Saints.

It is the Eve of All Saints.
Beware your steps,
tread lightly between the darkness and the break of day,
 first, do no harm, that no harm  come to you.
Beware your cloaks and daggers,
and all the earthly wagers on your soul,
 for it can be neither bought nor sold,
 but only freely given,
while you stand among the livin’, in disguise.
Beware your lies unspoken,
your heart holds them, but a token,
 of the truth you do not say,
 and yet you give away,
with your eyes,
and where they wander,
 do not look over yonder
for the morning is gift, and
 though I know you don’t believe it
one needs a blessing to receive it.
Let not your thoughts be lead astray,
Be well you then, and go your way.
Blessings and Safe Travel.  Happy Halloween!

Autumnal Equinox.

The City, the weather turning now. The Harvest Moons rising high against the edge of the water. Boats rocking against the piers. Tankers and cargo ships anchored in the bay, the waves pushing against the locks. Giant glowing balloons beckoning the bounty of Autumn shorn from the surface of the plentiful terrain, loaded into the wild tilt cart, transported into the colder slate. Ashen colored caverns of the street, the carved cement walls of mirrored glass reaching into the night sky, their windows twinkling in the darkness like the eyes of Jack O’ Lanterns. The sidewalks teeming with leaves from trees that reside in four by four squares separating the sidewalks, dividing the concrete landscape every fifteen feet. They crunch and slide under the feet of the traveling masses, crawling the evening. The clicking of heels, the verb and the hum, the vibration of subterranean worlds inches from their soles. Metal sheathed slithering ribbons launching through the tunnels of the underground, “the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out.” The holes bored through the earth in catacombs filled with the mysteries of a million stories of eyes that rarely look directly into those of any other soul. Passing strangers en route to destinations anonymous. Steam rising from the vents, giving a hint of something deeper, places unspoken. Creatures that walk among the living, haunting the dreams and memories of those who hunt them, knowing that the Eve of All Saints approaches and the City never sleeps.