Author Dean Koontz is going viral. Did his 1981 novel predict coronavirus?

Author Dean Koontz is going viral. Did his 1981 novel predict coronavirus?

A novel published almost 40 years ago might have predicted the spread of coronavirus.

An excerpt from the Dean Koontz’s 1981 novel “The Eyes of Darkness” is being shared online after he wrote about a virus with an apparently uncanny resemblance to the one experts warn could prove a pandemic.

“They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan,” a character says in the novel — referring to the same city at the epicenter of the current global outbreak.

Nick Hinton, who posted the original shot, insisted, “A Dean Koontz novel written in 1981 predicted the outbreak of the coronavirus!”

The similarity quickly made the tweet go viral — and sparking even more conspiracy theories, with readers noting how the plot calls the Wuhan virus the “perfect weapon” to “wipe out a city or country.”

As New York Post reports, Hong Kong crime author Chan Ho-kei also told the paper that “fiction-prophecy” is a common phenomenon.

“If you look really hard, I bet you can spot prophecies for almost all events,” he said.

Koontz has yet to comment on the theories.