Pseudopod 143: The Looking Men

The Looking Men

by James R. Kristofic

(also publishes as Jim Bihyeh)

Hiram knew his father, Jonah, could not refuse the Looking Men on the night they asked him to help kill William the Reeve.

Jonah had been the first villager of Corfe to speak to the captain of the Looking Men, the one called Sir Ethan the Red Greaves, after the Looking Men and their tall war-horses arrived by the main road to examine the first deaths from the Black Hand. The wandering friar of Corfe, a red-faced, balding man who had summoned the Looking Men, rode behind them on a bony mare. The friar had briefly addressed the free peasants who’d gathered at the mill and promised he would explain all in the morning after the Looking Men had rested. Hiram knew what everyone else knew about The Looking Men: they served the Church and bore scars from the Crusades to the Holy Land. But they were also knights loyal to their King Henry of England, so they could be trusted. And the friar promised they had come for the good of Corfe.

But the friar had died that night when the Black Hand had laid itself upon him.

About the Author

Jim Bihyeh

Jim Bihyeh is the author of a story collection called Coyote Tales, several of which have been featured on Pseudopod. He is a non-fiction writer for publications like The Navajo TimesArizona Highways, and High Country News. Jim grew up on the Navajo reservation, and returns there regularly to do work as an oral historian.

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About the Narrator

B.J. Harrison

B.J. Harrison is the award-winning host of The Classic Tales podcast and has narrated hundreds of audiobooks. His work has received thousands of five-star ratings and reviews and has been recommended by The Wall Street Journal. His most notable works have been The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, and Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens. His website is formulated to work like an audiobook club, where he gives supporting listeners monthly coupons and access to special content.

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