Posted on March 7, 2020 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Avid Dean Koontz fans might have already noticed an eerie similarity between their favorite author’s work and the daily news.

That is, the killer virus in his 1981 novel The Eyes of Darkness is called Wuhan-400 — after the city in which our current COVID-19 outbreak gained prominence.

Of course there are conspiracy theories about this, but that’s not why literature professor and author Adam Roberts brings it up.

Instead, he finds it interesting to look at pandemics throughout literature and examine what these fictional diseases tell us about society’s psyche at that moment.

If you agree (rather than finding fiction to be too close to fact for your liking), check out his essay in the Guardian.

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