Okay, so maybe Scientology is going to baselessly sue the entire forum for this post, but I'm wondering if the character of Hugh Bliss was slightly based on Scientology, and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
Prismatology = Scientology
Emetics = Dianetics
Hypnotizing disbelievers = Giving "unfortunate accidents" to disbelievers
Max = Tom Cruise?
To those who don't know, Scientology has often been referred to as somewhat of a cult, and its founder has even been quoted as only making the religion to earn money from its believers.