They seldom looked happy. They passed one another without a word in the elevator, like silent shades in hell, hell-bent on their next look from a handsome stranger. Their next rush from a popper. The next song that turned their bones to jelly and left them all on the dance floor with heads back, eyes nearly closed, in the ecstasy of saints receiving the stigmata.
Andrew Holleran (born 1944) is a novelist. His books are among the most prominent in post-Stonewall gay literature. He was a member of the Violet Quill, a writer's group that met in 1980-81. He is very protective of his privacy; "Andrew Holleran" is a pseudonym.