Charlie Fiction

by Todd Fahnestock

Can Charlie save the future?

The Story Behind Charlie Fiction

Five years in the making, Charlie Fiction is new territory for me as a fantasy writer. While my previous books have focused on younger readers and themes, Charlie Fiction shares my concerns about our state of humanity and the path we’re on. Can we change our trajectory?

My goal is to share a fresh and scintillating voice. I think a lot of us have an underlying and unsettling fear that there is something wrong with where we’re heading. What if those fears are very real, and created by an unseen element?Charlie Fiction is here to illustrate the idea. The good news is that we have the power to choose our outcome. What will it be?

The Synopsis (Flip Over)


An amnesiac time traveler. A vengeful ghost. A race to save humanity.

     Daniel has jumped back in time to save the world. Seven years from now, his best friend Vincent will slaughter 99.9% of the world's population in the Husk Wars.
     But Vincent wasn't always a killer. His hunger for power began at a pivotal moment in his youth when he and Daniel killed a young woman named Charlie Fiction.
     Now, hobbled by his incomplete memory and face-to-face with Charlie's ghost, Daniel must escape Vincent's lightning minions, stop a planet-wide genocide, and uncover the shocking truth about himself...

What Readers Are Saying

Why You'll Love Charlie Fiction

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You know Fahnestock’s talent for writing young adult fantasy with full-color characters who sweep you up and take you along into their worlds. Charlie Fiction brings you what you’ve loved about past books like Fairmist or The Wishing World series, and this time adds the twist of time travel interwoven with adult observations on the modern times we live in. 
Are things going well? No. Do we have a chance? Maybe.

"This book is unlike what I’m used to from Fahnestock…. I couldn’t put it down until I knew how it ended, and wow was it worth the journey to the last page! This is the type of story that you finish and want to read again.”
Sara P.
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New to Fahnestock’s work?

Charlie Fiction brings an adult point of view and commentary on the troubles of modern life with a sliver of hope that we can change course. A fresh twist on time travel plus quirky and endearing characters will have you reading from the opening scene to the surprising ending.

I am not usually a SciFi or Fantasy fan, but I LOVED this book. From the opening line to the conclusion, I was all in.
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Author spotlight

TODD FAHNESTOCK wrote his first novel as an independent study project in high school and today is a writer of fantasy for all ages. His bestselling series for middle-grade readers, The Wishing World, began as bedtime stories for his children. His epic fantasy series include: ThreadweaversThe Heartstone Trilogy and The Whisper Prince Trilogy

Charlie Fiction, a time travel urban fantasy, is his latest novel. 

Stories are his passion, but Todd’s greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. When he’s not writing, he goes on morning runs with his daughter and practices Tae Kwon Do with his son. With the rest of his free time, he drives the love of his life crazy with the emotional rollercoaster that is being a full-time author.

Todd Fahnestock

Excerpt from Charlie Fiction

You know the prickly feeling on the back of your neck when you’re all alone? That sinking feeling in your stomach that someone is stalking you, that the bogeyman is just a breath away? Except when you turn around, the street is empty, and there’s only the rush of cars a couple of blocks over? You hesitate, but then you dismiss it. Because everyone knows the bogeyman isn’t real.

Except he is real.
But he’s not a dark, shadowed skulker with a wide-brimmed hat and trench coat. He’s not a burnt man with a striped sweater and blades on his fingers. The bogeyman is a group of slinking, electrical nightmares. I call them the Flickers. And they are out to get you. In fact, they already have you.

Cover Art Progression

Art by Rashed AlAkroka

Is there hope for a future other than doom? Maybe....