From Newsweek: Netflix will turn “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez into a limited series.

By Andrew Whalen

March 07, 2019

Netflix will turn Gabriel García Márquez novel One Hundred Years of Solitude into a limited series, the first time the landmark novel has been adapted for the screen.

The new adaptation, which Netflix announced Wednesday, will be executive produced by the novelist’s sons, Gonzalo and Rodrigo García. García Márquez had many offers to adapt the novel during his lifetime, but was concerned that One Hundred Years of Solitude would not translate well to screen, especially within the confines of a movie. García Márquez was also determined that any adaptation of One Hundred Years of Solitude be produced in Spanish, which the Netflix series will be.

“Netflix was among the first to prove that people are more willing than ever to see series that are produced in foreign languages with subtitles. All that seems to be a problem that is no longer a problem,” Garcia said in the Netflix announcement.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a tricky adaptation because of the astonishing breadth of its narrative. Rather than following a handful of characters, One Hundred Years of Solitude is about the grand sweep of history, following multiple generations of the Buendia family—beginning with the founding of the fictional town of Macondo by family patriarch José Arcadio Buendia—over a century. Along the way they encounter civil wars, the coming of the railroads and seemingly divine interventions, all spread over seven generations.

“I’ve been hearing the discussion about whether or not to sell the rights to One Hundred Years of Solitude since I was eight,” Garcia said. “It was not an uncomplicated decision to make, for myself and my brother and my mom.”

The new deal isn’t the first time Netflix has tried to acquire rights to the landmark novel, but recent Spanish-language successes like Narcos and Roma have demonstrated the streaming service’s ability to, according to Netflix’s vice president for Spanish language Originals, “make Spanish-language content for the world.”

Originally published in 1967, Márquez’s novel is, according to UNESCO, the third most translated Spanish-language book and the foundational text of magical realism, a genre marked by both its modernity and fabulism, portraying seemingly real-world events intersecting with the profoundly paranormal or allegorical.

One Hundred Years of Solitude on Netflix doesn’t yet have a release date. It will be set and filmed in Colombia.

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“A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror” is Free on Amazon Kindle Today

Cover of the Kindle edition

My e-book collection of horror shorts A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror” is free today on Amazon Kindle.   For your copy, go to my Amazon author’s page where you can find links to my other works as well.

In this collection of published and previously unpublished stories of horror, I offer a look into the minds of people who perpetrate horrors, from acts of stupidity with unintended results to cold-hearted revenge to pure enjoyment to complete indifference. Settings range from 17th-century France in the heart of the werewolf trials to the resurrection of the Aztec black arts to a medicine man’s revenge in the Old West to the depths of Hell to mob vengeance and modern day necromancy to sociopathic serial killers and on to alien worlds in the distant future.

Comments on previously published stories include:

Jay Manning, editor of Midnight Times commented in its Spring, 2006 issue: “Wolfsheim” is basically a traditional horror story that tells the tale of a small European village confronted by the threat of werewolves. If you like stories about lycans, you definitely need to check this one out. Great stuff.”

Publisher Charlie Fish of Fiction on the Web summarizes “A Tale of Hell” as a “… chilling vision of hell”. Other comments on “A Tale of Hell” from readers of Fiction on the Web:

“An intense and well paced story, cleverly leading the reader up a number of garden paths before Jack’s reality finally clarifies and appears in all its horror. The writing is focused and spare as Jack’s malevolent characteristics and idiosyncrasies manifest themselves…Overall a strong tale that lingers in the imagination…”

“brilliantly descriptive piece on man´s apparently unstoppable descent, literally into hell,…”

” Enjoyed this story. I thought it was nicely written. Started with a familiar vision of hell, but added several unique treatments; kept me interested in how it all would end. Thanks”

Publisher Charlie Fish of Fiction on the Web summarizes “Dream Warrior” as a “…powerful revenge epic about a man who visits his Mexican grandfather for spiritual guidance after a violent crime results in the death if his fiancée”. Fiction on the Web readers commented:

“quite literally a rite of passage, mystical and with an interesting payoff, one which Miguel may have to reckon with in time. some very good writing and characterisation. well done”

“…this is a rite of passage, complex and rich with significance. The cultural invocations are vivid and intense, the work of a writer in his/her full stride. The future for Miguel, who knows? The readers interest is fully engaged with what is to come…”

“Really enjoyed the story-kept me up past my bedtime reading it!”

“I loved the concept, was fascinated by the almost hallucinatory detail of legend with its fatal shadowlands.”

Reader comments on “Murder by Plastic” include:

“Chilling and brilliantly economical”

“Very well-paced and intriguing”

“Fabulous story! Five stars!”

Get your copy today and check for other free works of mine as well while you are on Amazon.

“Diabolical: Three Tales of Jack Thurston and Revenge” is Available on Kindle

Diabolical (e-book)

Jack Thurston is a retired professor of medieval literature and history. He is also a widower and father and a retired sorcerer who has returned to the black arts to exact revenge for the death of his wife, daughter, and brother. He has an intriguing position in the universe at a focal point of life, the afterlife, logic and reason, anger and hatred, the ancient and the modern worlds, grief and his attempts to escape grief through self-destruction. Though he wants to have the peace he once found with his wife, Agatha, he is pulled in many directions by circumstance and by his powerful negative emotions.

I am a fan of the old school horror practiced by such authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Poe, Edward Lucas White, and Arthur Machen.  I endeavor to make a story as terrifying and suspenseful for the reader as possible without resorting to gratuitous blood and gore for a simple shock or quick feeling of disgust.

This collection of three short tales is perfect for those who have only a few short breaks to escape into the hidden world of horror, black magic, sorcery, and anger-fueled revenge.

You can find this and other works at my Amazon author’s page:

Currently, Jack has a Twitter account (@jthurston666), where he has attracted a small following and where it has only recently been revealed that he is fictional. Jack has his own blog at (a work in progress) and his own e-mail at

Information on more social media accounts and other characters (as they are developed) can be found at: Please interact with him at any of his social media accounts as you would with a real person.

Show your appreciation for these stories by leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or other social media.

If you enjoy horror, check out my collection of horror short stories A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror: Stories of wizards, werewolves, serial killers, alien worlds, and the damned, which includes these stories.