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Heim, Scott (b. 1966)  
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Although not as critically admired as Heim's first novel, In Awe nevertheless received enthusiastic reviews. The Kansas City Star called the novel, "Unforgettable . . . A transcendent, bittersweet novel of obsession and pain, love and loathing, memory and desire," while the Village Voice noted that Heim "teases out the pleasures of cruelty in language that scalpels one minute, unfurls lushly the next."

Heim is currently working on his third novel, We Disappear, which he described in 2001 as "a fractured blur of fiction and memoir, and mostly concerns a parallel between my exorcising of personal demons and my longing to discover the actual identities of a group of primarily anonymous teenage boys who were murdered and buried near an Amish farm in Kansas where I was raised."

Heim's short fiction has also appeared in Waves: An Anthology of New Gay Fiction (1994), edited by Ethan Mordden; Best American Gay Fiction (1996), edited by Brian Bouldrey; Boys Like Us (1996), edited by Patrick Merla; Personals: Dreams and Nightmares from the Lives of 20 Young Writers (1998), edited by Thomas Beller; Best American Gay Fiction 3 (1998), edited by Brian Bouldrey; Obsessed: A Flesh and the Word Collection of Erotic Memoirs (1999), edited by Michael Lowenthal; Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (1999), edited by Robert Drake and Terry Wolverton; and The Hot Spots: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction (2001), edited by J.H. Blair.

Heim's nonfiction and reviews have appeared in the Village Voice, Out, Paper, The Advocate, Interview, Time Out, New York, Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly, Nerve, The Barcelona Review, The Kansas Quarterly, Men's Style, The Pacific Review, Christopher Street, Cottonwood, The James White Review, The Santa Monica Review, and The Minnesota Review.

After living eleven years in New York, Heim relocated to Boston in 2002 where he currently resides.

Craig Kaczorowski

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Gambone, Philip. Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999.

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Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. "Young Characters Trying to Fill a Gap." The New York Times (April 6, 1995): C21.

Pela, R.L. "In Profile: Scott Heim." The Advocate (June 24, 1997): 108.

Weigand, David. "Two Boys Haunted by Terrible Secrets." San Francisco Chronicle (April 6, 1995): E5.

Wilson, Martin. "Very American Obsessions." Lambda Book Report (May 2001): 27.


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    Entry Title: Heim, Scott  
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