ASMR and "The Cure"
A couple of months ago, I got to talking with a fellow by the name of Dmitri, a popular ASMR artist with a large YouTube following (130k+ followers). We thought it'd be neat if he did a reading of one of our stories, with an ASMR twist to it. After some discussion, we (Bastion, Dmitri, and the author) settled on William Delman's "The Cure," which appeared in our August issue.
For those of you unfamiliar with ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response), it's a physical sensation, typically felt in or around the head, that some people experience. It can be brought on by visual or auditory triggers, such as whispering, paper crinkling, tapping, or other such soothing sounds. Not everyone experiences ASMR, but for those that do, it's quite enjoyable. ASMR is big with people who suffer from anxiety, PTSD, or insomnia.
We're happy to announce that his work is complete, and you can listen to the result of that here:
Before you do though, there's a few things you'll need to keep in mind:
First, wear headphones. The experience just isn't the same without them, and maybe doesn't even work. Part of the reason we reached out to Dmitri specifically was because of his superb sound production quality. Get in a quiet place, free from distractions, where you can settle down and just relax. Try it as you settle in for a nap, or when you go to sleep for the night.
Secondly, this is not a typical story reading, such as you might find on Escape Pod, Clarkesworld, or any other outlet that produces audio versions of written works. The reading of this story is specifically designed to induce ASMR for those that experience it. It's going to be different.
Third, not everyone experiences ASMR. If you're one of the unfortunate few who don't, then you might not enjoy this as much.
Finally, we ask that you keep an open mind when you listen to this, particularly if you've never heard of ASMR before. Again, it's going to be different. It may even seem strange to you at first. But if you approach it with the right mindset, we're confident that you'll really enjoy this.
We're thoroughly grateful for the work that Dmitri has put into this, and to William Delman for allowing us to use his story.