Henry Scott is the author of the novels "London Comfort: An American Idol's Dangerous Real World Adventure" and "Lost and Found: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places," and the non-fiction "Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of America's Scandalous Scandal Magazines."
Scott s a former journalist who has worked at newspapers as varied as the weekly Butner-Creedmoor (NC) News, published in a town that once was the world's mule capital, and the Hartford Courant. He also has served as a business executive at The Courant and The New York Times. Scott is former president and editorial director of Out, America's quality gay and lesbian magazine, and he launched and served as publisher of Metro New York, a 330,000-circulation free daily in New York City.
Scott's fascination with the story of Confidential magazine is a logical outgrowth of his childhood in Fayetteville, NC, a small Southern city that is home to Fort Bragg, the United States' largest military base. A town known for its topless bars, drug traffic, Crips and Bloods gangs, and a famous murder modeled after the Manson killings, Fayetteville gave Scott an early appetite for the bizarre and outrageous that he retains to this day. Scott used Fayetteville as the locale for "Lost and Found," incorporating real events in the contemporary history of that city and a bit of his own life. It is almost a memoir. "London Comfort" was inspired by Scott's amusement and annoyance with the 2012 Presidential campaign. The book is a bit of a satire of a situation that is so inherently satirical that it's hard to really made fun of.