Glossary: Sutter Cane Effect
November 22, 2015
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We coined this term in reference to situations where pre-existing malevolent entities (e.g., qliphoth,
Apophis) impersonate fictional monsters that human beings come to believe are real. Examples of this would be when people worship Cthulhu (a monster from the stories of H. P. Lovecraft) or attempt to commit human sacrifices for the Slender Man (a monster that was invented on the internet) and begin to have alleged paranormal experiences as a result. From what we’ve seen, this usually leads to insanity (at least). The Sutter Cane Effect is distinct from the Buddhist concept of creating tulpas, which is a matter of intentionally creating paranormal beings with one’s own psychic energy. Creating a tulpa requires a great deal of training, concentration and intent, but the Sutter Cane Effect more often happens to people who don’t realize that a particular monster isn’t real. By treating the monster as real, they unknowingly draw a real monster to themselves that’s perfectly willing to be “Cthulhu” or “Slender Man” if this means it can feed.
I think this book is a pretty good (and dangerous) example of the Sutter Cane Effect
Further reading: In the Mouth of Madness (1994), The Sutter Cane Effect