Did An 80s Novel Predict The Coronavirus Outbreak?

More than 15,000 people have died because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Chinese city Wuhan is the epicentre of the virus which has now spread to over 192 countries and infected nearly 337,000 people globally. It is said that there’s a popular food market in Wuhan city from where it all started.

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Since the deadly virus COVID-19 has spread over a large number of countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) lately declares coronavirus outbreak to be a ‘pandemic’ instead of ‘epidemic’.

There’s a clear difference between pandemic and epidemic. Pandemic is the spread of a disease across a large region while the epidemic is a widespread occurrence of a disease in a particular region.

But did you know an 80s fiction book “The Eyes of Darkness” written by bestselling American author Dean Koontz incredibly predicted the Coronavirus?

Dean Koontz’s Book “The Eyes of Darkness”

The Book Of “The Eyes of Darkness” And The Coronavirus Prediction:

Written in 1981, the book of “The Eyes of Darkness” puts forth a fictional story about a Chinese military laboratory that creates a deadly virus as part of a program dealing with biological weapons.

Now, an excerpt from Chapter 39 amazed everyone. It tells about a laboratory in Wuhan, which is responsible for the release of the deadly virus called Wuhan-400.

“The scientist leading the Wuhan-400 research is called Li Chen, who defects to the United States with information about China’s most dangerous biological weapon called Wuhan-400.. the man-made microorganisms in this weapon affect only people rather than animals and cannot survive outside the human body or in environments colder than 30 degrees Celsius,” ―the book said in its controversial excerpt.

Netizens’ Reactions To This Excerpt Taken From Dean Koontz’s Fictional Story Book:

The similarities between the made-up virus and the Wuhan virus has got netizens struggling to comprehend the improbable coincidence. They are sharing the pictures of Koontz’s book, highlighting the excerpts. In response, several netizens have posted pictures of the book’s older editions that mention “Gorki-400” instead of “Wuhan-400.”

Where Is Gorki?

Gorki is a small city, 400 kilometres to the east of Moscow, Russia. And many explain the name of the virus was indeed altered in the book, possibly due to the end of the Cold War in 1991.

Summary Of Dean Koontz’s Story, “The Eyes of Darkness”:

In Koontz’s own description, it is a “…a modest little thriller about a woman, Tina Evans, who lost her child, Danny, when he was in an accident on a trip with his scouting troop.”

She later finds out her son was accidentally infected with the virus. Download and read this interesting book from here.

Some Other Similar Incidents:

It’s, of course, not the first time that uncanny similarities between fiction and fact have emerged about virus outbreaks.

A novel jointly written by Robert Ludlum and Gayle Lynds in 2000 mentioned a disease called the “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome” (ARDS) in the book called the Hades Factor – a good three years before the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic broke out in China first, and then spread globally.


Maybe it’s just another coincidence, maybe it has nothing to do with world politics and maybe it’s not the result of a secret dark science-experiment. However, it’s really very hard to believe such a coincidence that happens again and again. Isn’t it??

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