Stephen King’s book The Stand is an epic horror-fantasy. In the book, something has set internet sleuths alight in the belief it may have predicted the coronavirus. But what did the book actually say about coronavirus, and is it true?
In The Stand, a book from Stephen King, a super-flu nicknamed Captain Trips goes all over the world, and some Twitter fans have seen some particular similarities to coronavirus.
One fan tweeted: “For anyone who cares, I actually photographed the 4 pages of The Stand where King describes community contagion pretty accurately.
“(Note that his disease, Captain Trips, was far more virulent than our virus, Captain Trumps.)”
Of course, that reader is making a joke about President Donald Trump in the USA, however other fans were pretty sure the disease is the same.
Another fan tweeted: “Referring to COVID-19 as Captain Trips until further notice.”
A third added: “#COVID19 @StephenKing I’m not saying this is the big one.
“But everyone I know is having the same dream – an old Black woman strumming a guitar, and a dark man chasing us through a cornfield. #CaptainTrips”
Clearly King fans are worried Captain Trips has reared its ugly head, however King himself has chipped in to suggest this is not the case.
He tweeted: “No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious.
“It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.”
Clearly, in King’s estimations, Captain Trips is supposedly far worse than the coronavirus, as the Captain Trips had no survivors at all.
This is not the first book which could be a possible prophecy, in fact Dean Koontz’s book The Eyes of Darkness makes a very peculiar reference.
In the book, there is a mention of a killer virus called Wuhan-400, which is the name of the Chinese city where Covid-19 originated.
A character discusses biological warfare, naming it a “perfect weapon.”
An except reads: “A Chinese scientist … defected to the United States, carrying a diskette record of China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon in a decade.
“They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan.
“Wuhan-400 is the perfect weapon.”
One fan, on seeing this, wrote: “That’s crazy. He probably didn’t have a clue when he was writing it.”
Koontz has not replied to these shocking revelations, so it may be he is unaware of the surprising mention in the book.
However, given how many Twitter fans have been speaking about it, it seems likely this has not passed him by.