Steven King fans have been in a buzz referring to two of his books during this pandemic, the Stand, and the Dead Zone. There are apparent similarities to the current coronavirus pandemic and the resemblance of the character Greg Stillson's to President Trump. Dean Koontz fans can point to an even more apparent reference.
In Dean Koontz's novel "The Eyes of Darkness," the science fiction author refers to "Wuhan-400" as the origination point of a horrific plague. The coincidence or prediction sounds very much like the site the coronavirus originated. The reference was made an "Ancient Internal Bible" that features a passage by a Buddhist monk prediction made 100 years ago. The plague is predicted to happen in China in 2020 and is referred to as "The year all of China will weep."
"The year 2020 – The year, all of China will weep. The omens will be so bad that the New Year will not be celebrated. Then the plague will come. It will come with a fury – the tigers and the wolves will hide in the mountains. The plague will encompass all the land – and will eventually spread to the whole world. Very soon – the rice will become so expensive that no one can eat. Then the rivers will sink all the boats. People in that year will only be able to harvest rice in the very early spring. There will be no harvest of late-season rice, beans, wheat, and oats because vast clouds of locusts will lay waste to the entire countryside."
Koontz's novel refers to "The Doctor" – a character who lives in Dallas, but his China-born wife has family in the country and has been getting regular reports from them and Chinese social media sites. "The Doctor" tries to warn the world of what's really happening in China sounds like a coronavirus type of epidemic.
"The Doctor" refers to his in-laws that have been under either quarantine or martial law for weeks. They complain of the "stench of death" coming from livestock deaths due to neglect and crops not being harvested. The extent of the disease is not revealed or controlled because the Chinese government statements are disbelieved as just propaganda. As a result, Chinese people turn to myths, psychics, and ancient writings taken on faith rather than science.
"The Doctor" in Koontz book refers to an "Ancient Internal Bible," which was secretly written in an old dialect purposely challenging to translate into English in which contains a predictive passage include….
"I, Gentleman Zigong, assure you Chinese in 2020 that the locusts will fall from the skies and the destruction will be complete. Smoke and fire will fill the fields – but nothing will be able to stop the swarms. Once the locusts have destroyed the land and the smoke is still coming from the ground, the rivers will flood the countryside."
Anyone paying attention to the news, China is suffered from a plague of locusts on its western border with Pakistan, and that the Chinese government is sent 100,000 ducks (Peking or otherwise) to eat is false. In essence, the area is too dry for ducks.
Despite many searches online, there is no additional information on Gentleman Zigong nor the "Ancient Internal Bible" referred to have been written in secrecy to hide it from the Chinese government. "The Doctor"– whose identity is also a mystery – admits it in the novel could be a hoax. Still, the character in the Koontz novel warns that hoaxes are easiest believed in times of stress. Real or not, Koontz character Gentleman Zigong gives some interesting advice to the people of 2020…
"I, Gentleman Zigong, will tell you Chinese in 2020 how to survive. Remain very close to your families and your neighbors. The best is to have stored up plenty of gold and food to live and share freely with those you love. Tolerate no thieves among the people. Be uniters and not dividers. If you can do all these things, you will survive."
The advice is perfect for those looking to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and those being feed misinformation spreading in its wake of the current pandemic in China and around the globe.