Please, Call me jesus
A joyride to the digital frontier of sex from one of Aotearoa’s most exciting young artists. No holes barred.
Rough sketches of suburban banality provide the perfect set up: A WINZ officer in a deadbeat Northland town; a grieving middle-aged church-goer; a devoted dad with tenure and a barbecue. Bland, but just bland enough for the strangest things to appear. With each key command on Sam Te Kani’s possibility machine comes biblical ZIP files, werewolf hustlers, and a lidless box of multi-coloured dildos. Stories that begin with expected genre tropes transform brazenly into outrageous sex. Quick once-overs overflow into gratuitous detail, and reality itself melts into an interface.
Please, Call Me Jesus is the debut collection of erotic stories from one of Aotearoa’s most exciting young artists. Irreverent, audacious, and full of delight, it offers the entertainment of seduction alongside new technological possibilities. A pulp paperback with a gaze toward the future of sex. A breath of fresh air amid the terrible earnestness of so much contemporary fiction.
Samuel Te Kani (Ngāpuhi) is a full-time sexpert and part-time generator of critical essays and fiction ranging from innocuous to blasphemous. Host of the wildly popular video series Sex with Sam and Sam Tries Stuff, he is a pop culture authority and public face for the Ending HIV campaign. His writing has been published by a range of platforms including The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch, Toi Māori Aotearoa, Re: News, and Art New Zealand. He originally hails from Northland but currently resides on Karangahape Road.