Jamie Thomson (author)

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Jamie Thomson
Born (1958-11-14) 14 November 1958 (age 59)
Nationality British
Genre Videogames, science fiction, fantasy

Jamie Thomson is a British writer, editor and game developer, born 14 November 1958 in Iran and winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.


Jamie Thomson grew up in Brighton where he met one of his co-authors Mark Smith[1] at school at Brighton College. He graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in politics and government.

Jamie Thomson was an assistant editor on White Dwarf magazine from 1981 to 1984 and wrote a regular column for Warlock (magazine). While working at Games Workshop, he was one of the developers of the computer game The Tower of Despair.

From 1984 to 1996 he was a prolific and best-selling author, usually publishing at least two titles per year. One of his most successful series was The Way of the Tiger, six linked adventures about a ninja hero, written with Mark Smith. The books have been published in Japan, France, USA, Italy and Sweden. Each title sold more than 60,000 copies in the UK alone. The software version from Gremlin Graphics went straight to number one.

He is the author of numerous novels and 'choose-your-own-adventure' type gamebooks. His contributions to the genre include four major creator-owned series: Duel Master,[2] Falcon,[3] and Way of the Tiger[4] (all co-written with Mark Smith) and Fabled Lands (co-written with Dave Morris[4]). He also co-wrote three books for the Fighting Fantasy series: Talisman of Death and Sword of the Samurai, again with Mark Smith, and The Keep of the Lich Lord with Dave Morris. He also co-wrote an adventure game, The Tower of Despair for Games Workshop. Currently he has six novels for children published, Corvus, by Boxer Books,the Dark Lord series (Dark Lord: The Teenage Years and Dark Lord: A Friend in Need) and the Wrong Side of the Galaxy series, published by Orchard books in the UK, and by various publishers abroad from the USA to Turkey with most of Europe in between.

After twelve years as an author, he moved full-time into videogame development at Eidos Interactive, publishers of Tomb Raider. In 1999 he raised over £1 million to set up his own game development company, Black Cactus, developers of the game Warrior Kings and its follow-up Warrior Kings: Battles.

After cancellation of a further sequel to Warrior Kings by the publishers, Black Cactus was wound up. Thomson raised a quarter of a million dollars in 2007 for a new start-up, Fabled Lands LLP, an intellectual property development company specializing in its own titles to be launched as iPhone comics, novels and apps.

In addition to originating new titles for Fabled Lands LLP, Thomson has authored a novel, Corvus,[5] for Boxer Books, was a writer on the creative team at Lionhead Studios working on Fable III for Microsoft, and has written several novels for Fabled Lands LLP, Dark Lord: The Teenage Years, published by Orchard Books in 2011 and a sequel, Dark Lord: A Fiend in Need, published by Orchard in March 2012. A third in the series, Dark Lord: Eternal detention came out in 2014, along with the first in a new series of comedy adventure in space: The Wrong Side of the Galaxy. A second SF novel, A Galaxy Too Far is published in November 2015. In February, 2017, the fourth in the Dark Lord series, The Headmaster of Doom, came out.

The Dark Lord books are also available in Spain, Italy, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal and the United States and have been optioned for TV.

Dark Lord: The Teenage Years won the prestigious children's book award, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.


Fighting Fantasy (Puffin)[edit]

  • Talisman of Death
  • Sword of the Samurai
  • The Keep of the Lich Lord

Falcon (Sphere)[edit]

  • The Renegade Lord
  • Mechanon
  • The Rack of Baal
  • Lost in Time
  • The Dying Sun
  • At the End of Time

Way of the Tiger (Hodder)[edit]

  • Avenger
  • Assassin
  • Usurper
  • Overlord
  • Warbringer
  • Inferno

Duel Master (Armada)[edit]

  • The Challenge of the Magi
  • Blood Valley
  • The Shattered Realm
  • The Arena of Death

The Crystal Maze (Mammoth/Chatsworth)[edit]

  • The Crystal Maze
  • The Crystal Maze Activity Book

Eternal Champions (Sega)[edit]

  • The Cyber Warriors
  • The Citadel of Chaos

Fabled Lands (Pan Macmillan)[edit]

  • The Wartorn Kingdom
  • Plains of Howling Darkness
  • The Court of Hidden Faces

Puzzle Books(Icon/Wizard)[edit]

  • How Big is Your Brain?

Corvus (Boxer)[edit]

  • Oath of Vengeance

Dark Lord (Orchard Books)[edit]

  • Dark Lord: The Teenage Years/ The Early Years
  • Dark Lord: a Fiend in Need / School's Out
  • Dark Lord: Eternal Detention
  • Dark Lord: The Headmaster of Doom

Galaxy Series (Orchard Books)[edit]

  • The Wrong Side of the Galaxy
  • A Galaxy Too Far

Other works[edit]

  • The Tower of Despair
  • To Hell And Back, a teletext adventure on UK Gold.
  • The Heart of Harkun, a six-part fantasy adventure radio play, written with Peter Thomson, performed on BBC Radio 5 and Radio 7.


  1. ^ Aarseth, Espen J. (1997). Cybertext: perspectives on ergodic literature. JHU Press. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-0-8018-5579-5. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Katz, Demian. "Duel Master". Demien's Gamebook Web Page. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Falcon gamebook series
  4. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  5. ^ Author biography at Boxer Books
 4. Author Biography at Orchard Books

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