People experienced a surprising turn of events when excerpts from The Eyes of Darkness were circulated in social media. Written by Dean Koontz, a much-loved horror novelist from the US, the plot of this 1981 thriller novel sounds almost identical to the chaos that has been happening in China concerning the Coronavirus.
It talks about a virus originated in China that will wipe out the human race in 2020!
What’s the plot of The Eyes of Darkness?
Tina Evans finds herself unable to accept the death of her son, Danny, who suddenly went missing with a group of campers. Once a year passes after his death, Tina dreams of Danny, and finds a message for her on the chalkboard of Danny’s room which says “NOT DEAD”. This makes her investigate whether her son is truly dead or not.
Here’s an interesting fact!
1981 is the year in which the novel was first published under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols. 1989 saw its reprint under his actual name.
Why do I call this interesting? Wait for it! It will blow your mind away!
The 1981 version of the novel has a biological weapon by the name “Gorki400” from Russia.
What do you think the 1989 version has? Yeah, you got it right!
Chapter 39 of the book has the answer!
It has a biological weapon which the scientist Li Chen creates, with its ORIGIN IN WUHAN, and CALLED “WUHAN-400”!!! Just like the Coronavirus!
Is this a coincidence? If it is so, what made the author change the name, and why was it changed from Russia to China, SPECIFICALLY WUHAN?
These facts are too realistic to be taken for a coincidence, right?
Sounds cool and scary at the same time!
The novel calls this virus the “perfect weapon” since it’s solely humans who will experience its effects.
One character in the novel goes, “They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan”
Snaps of the excerpts from the novel were first posted on social media by Twitter user Nick Hinton.
The novel’s Wuhan-400 attacks the brain, where it releases a substance that eradicates the brain tissues which are responsible for the controlling of automatic functions.
However, the Coronavirus influences the respiratory system which might result in pneumonia.
Further, Wuhan-400 has a 100% fatality rate while Coronavirus shows only a 2% rate.
Anyway, we are experiencing right now in real life, the situation described (or predicted?) in the novel. It is the year 2020 and we’re witnessing a virus originated in China moving fast around the globe infecting as well as killing people.
While the writer hasn’t yet made any comment or response about the ESP that was suddenly revealed, Twitter users were taking it seriously, as the following Tweets will show you.
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