Part of the hyperstitional canon. Is Sutter Cane H.P. Lovecraft? Nick Land? Aleister Crowley? Roko's Basilisk? Lain? It's enticing how engaging in this magick allows it to escape all potential meta-analysis and just folds onto reality. That's the whole point.
It's Cane's story, and it'll spread with each new reader. That's how it gets its power. What about people who don't read? There's a movie.
I didn't hear Joy Division until 1982 so, for me, Curtis was always-already…