Scott Heim  

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Scott Heim (born 1966) is an American novelist from Hutchinson, Kansas, currently living in Massachusetts. Heim's first novel, Mysterious Skin, was published in 1995.



Heim graduated from University of Kansas in Lawrence with a B.A. in English and art history in 1989 and an M.A. in English literature in 1991. He attended the M.F.A. program in writing at Columbia University, where he wrote Mysterious Skin. He remained in New York City until 2002, when he moved to Boston.

Mysterious Skin was adapted for the stage by Prince Gomolvilas in San Francisco in 2003 and was adapted for the film Mysterious Skin by Gregg Araki in 2004.

Heim's fiction, nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in The Village Voice, Out, The Advocate, Interview, Time Out New York, Nerve, Christopher Street, The Minnesota Review, and many other periodicals.




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