Stephen Harrigan

Stephen Harrigan is the author of nine books, including the award-winning novels The Gates of the Alamo and Remember Ben Clayton. His most recent book is the forthcoming The Eye of the Mammoth, a career-spanning collection of his essays, many of which were written for Texas Monthly. He is also a screenwriter who has written many movies for television. 

Stories

The Secret Life of the Beach

Along the silent, lovely beach, tiny armies fight in the tide, fierce battles rage in the sky, and nocturnal marauders slither across the sand.

Lawn Boy

Here’s how to achieve inner peace, perfect serenity, spiritual calm, and a nice, neat lawn.

Lawn Boy

Here’s how to achieve inner peace, perfect serenity, spiritual calm, and a nice, neat lawn.

On the Edge of Texas

For hundreds of years man—from the Comanche to the backpacker—has tried to conquer Big Bend. Still, it remains wild, stark, and pristine.

Down in the Depths

The intricate underwater passages and pristine water of Jacob’s Well fascinate drivers. Too often, the fascination proves fatal.

Down in the Depths

The intricate underwater passages and pristine water of Jacob’s Well fascinate drivers. Too often, the fascination proves fatal.

The Baby Factory

At Houston’s Jefferson Davis Hospital, the wonders of modern medicine collide with the raw realities of birth, poverty, neglect and hope.

The Baby Factory

At Houston’s Jefferson Davis Hospital, the wonders of modern medicine collide with the raw realities of birth, poverty, neglect and hope.

Say, Have You Heard the One About Cactus Pryor?

Don’t look now, but the rather odd gentleman with the suspicious accent and outlandish military getup may not be exactly what he seems.

Say, Have You Heard the One About Cactus Pryor?

Don’t look now, but the rather odd gentleman with the suspicious accent and outlandish military getup may not be exactly what he seems.

Speed Freak

A MacDonald’s is a Macdonald’s is a MacDonald’s. That’s what we love about fast food.

Speed Freak

A MacDonald’s is a Macdonald’s is a MacDonald’s. That’s what we love about fast food.

In Search of La Salle

The riddle of the French explorer lies buried beneath the Gulf of Mexico, but what is it, where is it, and why, oh why, are we looking for it?

I Can’t Do It!

Some kids may fail at school and it’s not their fault.

I Was a Spy in the Second Grade

I escaped once, but they sent me back.

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