Book Cover of Eyes of Darkness

Dean Koontz Predicts Coronavirus in 1981, or Did He?

March 30, 2020

Dean Koontz in his book The Eyes of Darkness wrote about a virus called “Wuhan-400” (in the 1989 rewrite, the virus name was changed from its original Gorki-400) that was created as a biological weapon. Many are sharing this “prediction” through social media today, and there are some interesting parallels to these stories. Did Koontz predict this pandemic?

In addition to the many parallels, there are also many items that do not fit. The virus in his story was man-made. It had a 100 percent mortality rate. It doesn’t last more than a minute outside a human host. All these differ from the coronavirus. A conspiracy theory currently running in the wild indicates that the coronavirus was man-made, which has been proven untrue.

From history, we have other uncanny predictions that seemed to predict occurrences that seemingly could not be just coincidental. The one I am most familiar with is the sinking of the Titanic and the prediction of it in a book by Morgan Robertson.

His book was titled The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility and was written in 1898. It spoke of the largest ship afloat hitting an iceberg and sinking in April without enough lifeboats for the passengers. The name was similar, the circumstances similar, hitting an iceberg, etc.

As pointed out by other scholars, Robertson was familiar with shipping and ship’s construction, and the story was not very far outside the scope of the normality: the direction where shipping was heading. Some of these predictions are not too outlandish, and the same thing can be said about Koontz’s book as well.