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. 


The Line Forms Here

It’s tough to select food in a fast-moving serving line. A cafeteria is no place for the timid.

Paternity Suits

If you think parenthood begins with dirty diapers and 2 a.m. feedings, you’re nine months off.

I Was a Spy in the Second Grade

I escaped once, but they sent me back.

New Dogs, Old Tricks

The importance of being a prairie dog.

Adventures Under the Sea

Where is Lloyd Bridges when you really need him?

The Eggheads and I

In which our author finds it’s one thing to be a genius; it’s another to be smart.


A visit to San Antonio’­s underground city, looking for kids with a can of paint and a nose for thrills.

Write ‘Em, Cowboy

Poetry is in motion in Texas.

Whoever Said It Was a Grand Old Party

Elephants never forget, but Texas Reaganites wish they could.

Nobody Loves a Rattlesnake

Especially not in Sweetwater: the score at last count was Humans 10,000, Rattlers 0.


Dope sellers obey the law—of supply and demand.

Did You Hear The One About The Farmer’s Daughter?

A strip-mining company made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.

Planet X! We’re Waiting for You!

That’s the message Ray Stanford sends nightly into outer space; so far no one has answered.

A Bad Day for Dolphins

Can Bubbles find happiness in a 30-foot tank?

Bury My Heart at the Souvenir Shop

The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation is a braves‘ new world.