Ah. Yes. Finally. So sorry for the delay – life has been very interesting here lately. But we aren’t here to talk about me. Instead we’re here to talk about Hillbilly Horror Stories – a spooky lil podcast that really has my heart for a multitude of reasons. We’re going to talk about all of those reasons in detail here shortly, but let me give you a rundown about what this show is about.
My obsession with all things creepy, macabre, and paranormal can’t actually be healthy, but that’s neither here nor there. A typical episode of this show has Jerry & Tracy (or Jerry & Ricky if you’re listening to earlier episodes) talking about some of the creepier parts of our history by discussing cases of paranormal activity, hauntings, and even poltergeists & demonic possession. I’m a huge fan of a good ol’ ghost story, and there are plenty of those to be found here. And the best part? They might be true.
What I love most about the show is that often these creepy stories can be dark & overwhelming. Jerry and Tracy do a really great job at sharing these stories in a way that is still respectful when necessary but also absolutely hilarious. I don’t leave these episodes feeling spooked or anxiety-ridden like a lot of paranormal podcasts can make me feel; instead, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about a topic I’m interested in while still having a good laugh. It’s very hard to strike that balance, but Jerry and Tracy do it very well. There are 64 episodes that I have listened and re-listened to several times. This is a great show to listen to both actively (because we all love a good ghost story, don’t lie) and passively (sometimes it’s nice to have background noise while you’re doing literally anything on your to-do list that you’ve put off for three weeks).
I have a soft spot for Jerry & Tracy specifically. Weekly shoutouts to civil servants, thoughts & prayers, and shoutouts to listeners & reviewers – these are all things that show not only how patriotic they are, but also how much they appreciate their listeners. The world is full of people who just do not care, but you can tell that Jerry and Tracy do care, and that makes the world a little bit brighter for people like me. And knowing that my brother – along with hundreds of thousands of others – are in the military and are being prayed for and supported like this brings me a great deal of peace, as well.
Jerry has great humor, and Tracy has the best laugh. I love her southern twang, because I have just as much of a southern accent and it’s nice to hear that being represented as well. And Tracy says the funniest shit when you’re least expecting it. She honest to god cracks me up. And after a long day at work, laughter is the BEST relief.
Another really big reason that I love Hillbilly Horror Stories is that without them I never would have listened to the podcast that so immediately became my greatest obsession (yeah, I’m talking about Conspiring To Argue) but that’s a discussion for a different blog review for a different day. I just have to throw that out there and say thank you for that, anyway 😉
Hillbilly Horror Stories has a little over 400 reviews on iTunes, and a collective perfect five stars. I personally give them a perfect 10 out of 10, but because iTunes doesn’t go by that rating system, I guess five stars will do.
You can find links to their Patreon, PayPal, and their merch on their website. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. They are incredibly interactive with their listeners and just a lot of fun to interact with.
So Jerry & Tracy, thank you for working as hard as you do to bring us the content that you do. You guys are a light in an otherwise dark place, and you are greatly appreciated for that. Keep it up, because you guys are one of the best parts of my week!