Did Dean Koontz Really Predict The Coronavirus In His Novel, The Eyes of Darkness?

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In the present world, Coronavirus has captured a huge space, not only in the world but in the minds of people as well. Every single day, there is coming something new about the virus. In the queue of many ideas and philosophies, Dean Koontz has received huge attention for predicting the virus in his book where he describes the deadly virus as the Wuhan 400. Since the news of his prediction came out, his book “The Eyes of Darkness” started getting renewed attention.

In the book, Dean explains Wuhan 400 to be a deadly virus that causes severe pneumonia-like illness which spreads attacking in the lungs and bronchial tubes. Dean is not only one on the queue of prediction but the psychic author, Sylvia Browne is also coming out for predicting something like the coronavirus in her book entitled, End of Days. Is it a true thing or just some kind of coincidence?

Let’s find out in detail about the case. Until then, stay tuned with us.

Did Dean Koontz Already Predict Corona Virus?

Dean Ray Koontz, an American author, is 74 years old writer and famous for his suspense thrillers, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, satire publications. After the coronavirus came out as a global pandemic, many rumors started floating around about the virus. The former American author, Sylvia Browne stood on the queue predicting 2020 COVID-19, Coronavirus in her End Days book, published in 2008. Matter of fact, many of her books are listed on The New York Best Seller as she also took part in several interviews.

As soon as there were many rumors about the coronavirus predictions, one of Dean’s admirers went to his Twitter and claimed that Koontz had already predicted the virus in his book, The Eyes of Darkness. The tweet captioned:

A Dean Koontz novel written in 1981 predicted the outbreak of the coronavirus! 

CNN reported that ‘A Novel is a Work of Fiction, after all’.

Also, read: Coronavirus Prediction Hoax and Its Cognitive Impacts

Explanation of The Book: The Eyes of Darkness

In the book of Dean Koontz, The Eyes of Darkness is about a Chinese scientist who has already got a biological weapon called Wuhan 400 to the United States. The book moreover explains the events,

To understand that,” Dombey said, “you have to go back twenty months. It was around then that a Chinese scientist named Li Chen defected to the United States, carrying a diskette record of China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon in a decade. They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan, and it was the four-hundredth viable strain of man-made microorganisms created at that research center.

Dean Koontz's book, The Eyes of Darkness
Dean Koontz’s book, The Eyes of Darkness
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Many people believe it to be just a coincidence. However, many others still believe ‘Coronavirus’ to have made in labs as it is still a conspiracy theory. As per the research, Coronavirus is likely to originate in bats and later came into the people. The virus mainly affects people who have weak immune systems and health conditions. As per the reports, there is not much similarity between Wuhan 400 and Coronavirus. So, the prediction of Dean is still baseless.

Also, read: Coronavirus is Rapidly Spreading From China; What are it’s Causes, Symptoms, And Diagnosis

Early Life of Dean Koontz – Parents

Dean Koontz was born on 9th July 1045 in Everett, Pennsylvania, the United States. Thus, he holds an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnic background. His father is Raymond Koontz and his mother is Florence Logue. When he was at an early age, his alcoholic father used to abuse him physically, which he mentioned in his books.

Dean Koontz’s Education & Career

Coming as a brilliant student, Dean went to the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He then worked as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School. His first novel is Star Quest, published in 1968. His hit novels are Whispers (1980), The Key to Midnight, and The Funhouse. Brian Herbert, bestselling sci-fi author once stated about Dean:

I even went through a phase where I read everything that Dean Koontz wrote, and in the process, I learned a lot about characterization and building suspense. 

Moreover, Dean achieved a lot in his life. Matter of fact, The New York Times told his writing to be psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying. As we have heard ‘behind every successful person, there is a woman’. So in the case of Dean whose wife, Greda also inspired him to be an author.

Wife, Greda Koontz: Children

Coming to his married life, Dean Koontz married his long-time girlfriend turned wife, Gerda Cerra. The couple resides in Newport Coast, California. As we mentioned earlier, Greda was the one who supported her husband for his career as a writer.

Dean Koontz with his wife, Gerda Cerra
Dean Koontz with his wife, Gerda Cerra
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During the time when Dean was serving as a teacher, his wife made him an offer he couldn’t refuse,

I’ll support you for five years and if you can’t make it as a writer in that time, you’ll never make it.

The marriage ceremony of the couple is still a mystery. Probably, the duo went for a private marriage ceremony. As per some sources, Dean doesn’t have any children with his spouse. The sources also report the couple feared Dean’s mental illness might be inherited. Although they don’t have any kids on their own, they are spending a happy married life with their dog.

Death of Dog Named Anna

Dean Koontz is a dog lover. His adopted dog, Anna died on May 22, 2016. In the year of July, he adopted a new dog, Elsa.

Dean Koontz’s Net Worth

According to the Wealthy Gorilla, his net worth is $145 Million in 2020. Matter of fact, he listed as sixth-most paid author in 2008. Let’s look at his earnings in different years.

  • 2008 Earnings: $25 Million
  • 2011 Earnings: $19 Million
  • 2012 Earnings: $19 Million
  • 2013 Earnings: $20 Million

Currently, he is leading a happy and luxurious life with his family in the United States.


The best-selling horror author, Dean Koontz bought a new ‘Hideaway’ Orange County home in $11.6 Million. The mansion was built in 2009 which was sold by a businessman for about $5.8 Million. The estate captures 13,418 sq. ft.

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