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|Dean Koontz (as Leigh Nichols)
|10 May 1981
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.
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.
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. The Eyes of Darkness was assigned to Ann Powell and Rose Schacht, 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.
The novel mentions a bioweapon that in earlier editions is called "Gorki-400" and in later editions was called "Wuhan-400". Gorki is a Russian city and named as the origin of that bioweapon in the 1981 edition. 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 2008 edition onward, prompting speculation from some in early 2020 that Koontz had somehow predicted the Coronavirus disease 2019.
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