The pangs of transformation had not done tearing him before Henry Jekyll with streaming tears of gratitude and remorse, had fallen upon his knees and lifted his clasped hands to God.
–From Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
One of my favorite prose special effects: By sheer magic of word order—the spectral “him” pointing now at Hyde, now at Jekyll—the “before” that freezes time as we’re swept from Hell to Heaven—Stevenson creates an illusion more vivid than vision.
John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.