Joseph Burgo

Biography

Joseph Burgo, PhD, has practiced psychotherapy for more than thirty years and held licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist. He earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature at UCLA and both his masters and doctorate in Psychology at California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Burgo has been quoted or featured as an expert on NPR and in publications such as USA TODAY, Glamour, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. As a writer on mental health topics, he is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and a frequent blogger for Psychology Today.

As a fiction writer, he is the author of two published novels, both works of genre fiction released long ago by Pocket Books and now out of print. More recently, he has released two psychological fairy tales that explore the themes of his non-fiction work, with more titles coming in 2016. He is also at work on a science fantasy epic series entitled BlightRise.

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Books

The Lights of Barbrin: Book One of the Barbrin Trilogy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,890. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Originally published as part of the legendary Timescape series from Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster), this book has been substantially revised and updated for its re-release. An epic battle between Ehred the Mighty, backed by his Haziad--the four freedom fighters that represent earth, water, air, and fire--against the forces of Unmaking.
Grim
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 78,120. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fairy tales
From the Publisher's Weekly Review: Three classic fairy tales­­—the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel—get a more sinister retelling in this three-novella collection. Burgo creates strong narratives that add nuance and sophistication to these tales; the titular grimness manifests as sexual violence, rape fantasies, and ruthless seductresses .
Cinderella
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,480. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
[This stand-alone title is the first of three tales collected in the author's full-length work GRIM.] How would Cinderella actually have turned out if she'd grown up surrounded by people who hated and abused her? A darkly psychological retelling of the classic story, portraying a heroin burdened with shame who ultimately marries a prince not so different from her own narcissistic mother.
Rapunzelmother
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,250. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fairy tales
This updated fairy tale by the author of SNOW WHITE AT THE DWARF COLONY takes us inside the mind of a woman so deeply possessive that she locks her adopted daughter in a tower to prevent her from having relationships with other people. Dark and disturbing, it presents a vivid portrait of a witch who struggles with borderline personality disorder.
Vacillian (The Illuminariad, Book One)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,940. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
VACILLIAN is the opening installment of the Illuminariad, an epic fantasy series that chronicles the rise of King Nical of Estneva and his campaign to conquer all of Messano, a world devastated by a long-ago plague that left most people incapable of "fellow feeling" but also spawned different mutants with unusual powers. An epic battle between dark tyranny and the forces of enlightenment.
Snow White at the Dwarf Colony
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,160. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fairy tales
In this novella-length re-telling of the classic fairy tale, the wicked queen is Snow White's actual mother and the dwarfs are little people rather than cute Disney-esque caricatures. In this fully psychological version of Snow White, the author explores the themes of shame, envy, narcissism, and failures of empathy, shedding light on some darker aspects of the human psyche.
Why Do I Do That? Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 65,810. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
This easy-to-understand self-help book adapts the techniques of psychodynamic psychotherapy to a guided course in self-exploration, highlighting the universal role of psychological defense mechanisms in warding off unbearable pain.

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