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James has worked as an author, commissioning editor, editor, subeditor, copy-editor, managing editor, publisher, proofreader, scriptwriter, journalist and jobbing hack. He is NCTJ-qualified, and has won awards for book design.

Mutants in Avalon (Palladium, 1990)
Mutants in Orbit (Palladium, 1991)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Metal City Mayhem (Puffin, 1993)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Zone Rangers (Puffin, 1993)
Sonic in the Fourth Dimension (Virgin, 1993)
Sonic and the Silicon Warriors (Virgin, 1993)
Ren & Stimpy Happy Happy Joy Joy Book (with Marc Gascoigne, Puffin, 1995)
Fortean Times Weird Year 1996 (with Joe McNally, John Brown Publishing, 1996)
The Most Bizarre Facts In The World… Ever! (John Brown Publishing, 1997)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Hogshead, 1998)
Chicken Run: Cutting Loose (Puffin, 2000)
Hammers of Ulric (with Dan Abnett, Black Library, 2000)
Mark of Damnation (Black Library, 2003)
Mark of Heresy (Black Library, 2003)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 2nd edition (Magnum Opus, 2008) and 3rd edition (Fantasy Flight Games, 2018)
Board Games In 100 Moves (co-written with Sir Ian Livingstone, Dorling Kindersley, 2019)
Everybody Wins: Four Decades of the Greatest Board Games Ever Made (Aconyte Books, 2022)

As editor
Apocrypha 2: Chart of Darkness (Hogshead, 2000)
Red Chamber by James Saxon (Paige Turner, 2009)
Sleeping Gods (Magnum Opus, 2008)
Friends or Foes (Magnum Opus, 2010)
In From the Cold (Magnum Opus, 2010)

Short stories, essays, chapbooks
‘A Knight at the Races’, in Villains! (Roc, 1992, edited by Mary Gentle and Neil Gaiman)
Various stories in Inferno magazine (1998-2003)
‘Making Games that Make Stories’ in Second Person (ed. Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardruip-Fruin, MIT Press, 2010)
Assorted microstories for Perplex City, (Mindcandy, 2006)
Various stories for Eye of Judgment (Hasbro/Sony, 2007), also coordinated writing team
‘Afterlives’ (Magnum Opus Press, 2010)
‘Aye, There’s The Twist’ in Stories of the Smoke (Pandemonium, 2012)
‘Alms and the Beast’ in New Hero, vol.2 (ed. Robin D Laws, Stone Skin Press, 2013)
‘Total Global Domination’ in Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming (ed. Pat Harrigan and Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, MIT Press, 2016)
Essay in What Board Games Mean To Me (ed. Donna Gregory, Aconyte Books, 2022)

See the entry in ‘Other Experience’.