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Joseph Mullen
Four Cowboys
What is it about the town of Elbow? Strange things happen there. The past seems to come alive but only for brief periods. Four cowboys come across town at different times, and each has an encounter with the supernatural. The past and present come together.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.50 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Mullen’s plot winds through different perspectives and timelines but links them together smoothly, hinting at twists and turns that will please readers. The narrative is inventive and maintains pace throughout, with a strong finish that ties up loose ends. 

Prose: There are some moments of awkward prose, but Mullen’s easy style lends believability to the plot and drives the action scenes with subtle cues.

Originality: Four Cowboys delivers the right amount of chills and character-driven text, lending it originality while offering cleverly combined, distinct storylines.

Character Development/Execution: Characters are ably drawn in this compelling read, and Mullen expertly intertwines their backstories. The conclusion offers readers a satisfying finish to the conflict while leaving an opening for imagination.

Date Submitted: August 25, 2022