|James as he appears in All Prior Engagements Are Cancelled.|
James is the secondary protagonist of A Cry From Winter and the best and only childhood friend of Alex Winter.
When James was a wee lad his dad died after being struck by lightening and suffering cardiac arrest. His mother falls into a deep depression while his older brother avoided his family which leads to James becoming more mature since he basically had to take care of himself and spent a lot of his time at home reading. One night while in line to see the Butterfly Effect at the movie theater a drive by shooter takes three shots, one of which lethally hitting a student from one of their classes. Each student present at the shooting has to go see Ellis to deal with any emotional trauma leading to James's mother wanting to see the doctor. While his mother discusses setting up an appointment he speaks to Dawn for the first time after hearing about and seeing her at school. At this point growing up for James is normal for the most part, except for some odd occurrences with his mother. This leads to his suspicion of Ellis and later easy acceptance that he is a shady person.