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Following the Dream Of Fiction Writing
It’s never too late to follow a dream. At age 59,
Richard Geha, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice
in North Brunswick, celebrates the publication of his first collection
of short stories with a reading and book signing at Borders Books
on Wednesday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Geha, who lives in Tewksbury and Princeton with his wife, Danielle,
has taught psychology at the graduate level at Rutgers and psychoanalysis
at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York
His fiction debut is a collection of 20 short stories gathered under
the title, "Primal Scenes: Stories of Radical Witness," published
by Creative Arts Book Company of California. Not for the faint-hearted,
these are dark, surrealist fantasies that are rife with violence,
mental anguish, and psychic disintegration. Geha counts Edgar Allan
Poe, Jorge Luis Borges, and William Faulkner among the writers who
have influenced him most.
"Primal scenes" is a Freudian term used to depict a child’s
exposure to adult sexual passion, usually interpreted as acts of violence.
Geha says he chose it to evoke "the terror that underlies all
our lives." Yet he notes that he values the term more for its
"deeper resonance with religion and mythology" than for its
connection to Freud.
Writing is a return, of sorts, for Geha. His first master’s degree
was in English literature at University of Missouri. He went on to
study at the Freud Institute in London and earned his PhD at the New
"Writing is hard work for me," says Geha, who sees patients
for 60 hours a week. He rises at 4:30 a.m., he says, to work on his
Does he harvest his story ideas from his patients? "A number of
my patients have bought the book. And though they might recognize
some themes, it’s far removed from any kind of case history,"
he says. "When things go into this kind of fiction furnace, they
come out transmogrified. You wouldn’t recognize the sources here if
they were put in front of your face."
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