When asked who my favorite author is, my usual reply is Stephen King. My answer doesn't come from reading The Shining, The Stand or The Dark Tower as although I own them, I have yet to read them. My answer stems from the countless hours I spent, mostly in the 90's, engrossed in Needful Things, Thinner, Gerald's Game, The Green Mile and my favorite of King's work, the 1992 psychological thriller Dolores Claiborne.
Dolores Claiborne may not be horror or supernatural based, but it's story unfolds horrifically none the less. A couple of weeks ago I spent some time in my old bedroom while visiting my parents for a few days. Without the ability to get on the net, nor television (don't ask), I resorted to my old bookcase and reread my favorite of King's works. I think I loved it more on the second reading.
The rereading led to a re-watching of the 1995 film. Although she won the Oscar for Misery, to me, this is Kathy Bates best film role. Although not as over the top and flashy a role as Annie Wilkes, Dolores has many more nuances and layers Bates captures beautifully. It also features tour de force performances from Jennifer Jason Leigh and Judy Parfitt.
I love the desperation director Taylor Hackford captured with the Claiborne house and it's surroundings. The cinematography, especially during the Eclipse scenes are beautiful and haunting and Nova Scotia again fills well as a substitute for Maine. If you for any reason skipped this movie, it is one of the better big screen adaptions of King's work. Unlike television adaptations such as The Stand and It, the novel has just two main characters to focus on, and less sweeping and grand as other of King's works which makes it a better fit for the 2 hour movie format.
Autumn officially is now beautifully painting the North and Northeast with red, brown, orange and yellow. Yesterday became the first time this fall I had to turn on the furnace, a date I try to put off later and later each year. There is no better time then to generate a little heat, then by joining model Stephen Michaels for a day by the pool.
These images, taken this past summer under the hot Atlanta sun come from Carl Proctor, one of my favorite photographers to feature on FH. I have been following Stephen's work for awhile now and am especially happy to be able to share his work with Carl. Besides his impressive physique, Stephen has a great face and infectious grin and appears comfortable and at ease with being admired.
'My goal is for my name to come up first when people consider a male model for any project.'
Stephen started out modeling mainly fitness, but soon realized he could much more. In the process of trimming down, Stephen's goal is to become more versatile for whatever look is required. When it comes to his body, Stephen is a perfectionist, a trait he brings to each assignment and shoot. Between modeling, and time at the gym, Stephen is a full time student with a long term goal of a career in the medical field. Until then however, his main focus continues to be modeling and making the most out of all the time, and hard work he has put into perfecting his incredible body.
In the first image Stephen wears a TOOT one-piece suit, the cobra pattern briefs (featured in images 5, 6 & 7) are also from TOOT. The blue and white stripe speedo featured in the first two images, (my favorite) is from Aussiebum and the last three images feature, well... just Stephen!