Dean Koontz Predicts The Coronavirus, Fact or Fiction

Many bookworms have been telling how Dean Koontz predicted the coronavirus in his 1981 book, The Eyes of Darkness.

Sam H Arnold

If you have been on Facebook, you will not have failed to notice that a 1981 Dean Koontz book predicted the Coronavirus? Or did it?

I have been an avid Koontz fan for many years. I read my first book when I was 20 and then went on to devour everything he had written. First I collected all his books in paperback and then hardcover. Yes, I am obsessed.

Last weekend in an attempt to make room in the house, we had a clear out. I planned to rehouse my whole collection. When it came to it I couldn’t do it. It was like saying goodbye to a friend. That evening I was glad I hadn’t when I stumbled upon the story of him predicting the Coronavirus.

The Eyes of Darkness

In 1981 under the name of Leigh Nichols, The Eyes of Darkness was published. The book tells the story of Tina whose son is presumed dead. He is later found alive in a laboratory, where they are making biological weapons.

The excerpts have been all over the internet showing where the Coronavirus is mentioned.

The first thing I was asked was if it was true. Full disclosure I have read all his books, I have my favourites, but I can’t remember them all.

The subject is something that Koontz would cover, so I wasn’t overly surprised.

Time For a Re-read

There was only one thing to do read the book and jog my memory. How glad was I that my collection was intact.

This is where the story gets very interesting. The book is about a biological weapon, a virus. This is however where the similarity ends. The passages I shared above are completely fake. Let me show you what I mean.

Change a couple of words, for example, the name of a scientist and place, you then have a great conspiracy theory.

Whoever started this fake news has cleverly edited the Coronavirus into the story. Why? Who knows.

I am living on the hope it wasn’t the author himself to sell more books. I am not sure my fan status could take knowing my favourite author, used thousands of people dying to sell more books.

This is the problem with fake news it plays on people’s insecurities. This is particularly clever as it has a vein of truth. With a couple of alterations, the story has grown.

It leaves me wondering if this is a lie about the virus, what else is? Are the facts about the coronavirus itself being altered to scare people. Or are they being played down so as not to cause mass panic? Time will tell, but I can conclusively state that Dean Koontz did not predict the coronavirus.

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