The Eyes of Darkness

The Eyes of Darkness is a thriller novel by American writer Dean Koontz, released in 1981. The book focuses on a mother who sets out on a quest to find out if her son truly did die one year ago, or if he is still alive.

The Eyes of Darkness
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First edition
AuthorDean Koontz (as Leigh Nichols)
CountryUnited States
PublisherPocket Books
Publication date
May 10, 1981
Media typePrint (Paperback)


A mother sends her son on a camping trip with a leader who has led this trip into the mountains 16 times before without mishap; that is until this time. Every single camper and leader and driver die with no explanation. As the grieving mother who is the protagonist begins to accept the fact that her son, Danny, is dead she starts getting vicious bully-like attacks from nowhere saying he is not dead, such as writing on chalk boards, words from printers and other various signs. Along with her new friend, Elliot Stryker, Christina Evans sets out to find what could have possibly happened on the day that her son apparently died of a mysterious virus.[1]


  • Christina Evans – The mother of Danny.
  • Michael Evans – The divorcé. Father of Danny.
  • Elliot Stryker – A lawyer who used to work for Army Intelligence, and Christina's love interest and partner.
  • Danny – Tina's son.
  • Vincent – An assassin hired by Project Pandora.
  • Alexander – Boss of Project Pandora.
  • Mr. Jaborski – The Scout Leader.
  • Vivienne – Christina Even's house maid.

Television adaptationEdit

According to author Dean Koontz in the afterword of a 2008 paperback reissue, television producer Lee Rich purchased the rights for the book along with The Face of Fear, Darkfall, and a fourth unnamed novel for a television series based on Koontz's work.[2] The Eyes of Darkness was assigned to Ann Powell and Rose Schacht,[3] co-writers of Drug Wars: The Camarena Story, but they could never deliver an acceptable script. Ultimately, The Face of Fear is the only book of the four made into a television movie.

COVID-19 speculationEdit

The novel mentions a bioweapon that in earlier editions is named Gorki-400 after the Soviet city of Gorki in which it was created. Due to the end of the Cold War, the origin of the bioweapon was changed to the Chinese city of Wuhan and it was renamed Wuhan-400 for the 1989 edition onward,[4][5] prompting speculation from some in early 2020 that Koontz had somehow predicted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).[4][6][5][7]


  1. ^ Koontz, Dean (May 10, 1981). The Eyes of Darkness (1st ed.). Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-82784-7. OCLC 34817463.
  2. ^ Koontz, Dean (December 2, 2008). "Afterword". The Eyes of Darkness (Reissue ed.). Berkley Books. pp. 369–374. ISBN 978-0-425-22486-1.
  3. ^ "Lee Rich Propping Four TV Features". Variety. November 16, 1989. Retrieved June 30, 2014.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Partly false claim: a 1981 book predicted the coronavirus 2019 outbreak". Reuters. February 28, 2020. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Chung, Frank (February 27, 2020). "1981 book's eerie coronavirus prediction". The Daily Examiner. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  6. ^ Evon, Dan (February 18, 2020). "Was Coronavirus Predicted in a 1981 Dean Koontz Novel?". Snopes. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  7. ^ Kaur, Harmeet (March 13, 2020). "No, Dean Koontz did not predict the coronavirus in a 1981 novel". CNN. Retrieved April 28, 2021.

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