Lexington couple builds global audience with paranormal podcast

Hillbilly Horror Stories

A Lexington couple has a thing for the spooky, and not just in October, it’s a year-round affair. They have built a global audience around all things paranormal with their a podcast.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – As we approach Halloween this weekend, many of you may be getting into the spirit by telling some ghost stories.

A Lexington couple has a thing for the spooky, and not just in October, it’s a year-round affair. They have built a global audience around all things paranormal with their podcast.

Like a lot of couples, Jerry and Tracy Paulley share similar interests. Theirs just happen to be centered around things that might keep some of us up at night.

“It’s obviously pretty much paranormal or unexplained creepy, however you want to term it,” said Jerry Paulley.

The two put out six episodes a week and have hit 11 million downloads and grown a global audience, all from their Kentucky home.

“I think a lot of people can just relate to it, I think everybody has a story, everybody has got an experience that they have had in their life for the most part,” said Paulley.

Fans of the show like Sam Ferrell in Virginia are drawn to the Paulley’s most.

“The husband and wife, they have kind of a comic thing going on and it just it adds a whole other level to the entertainment,” said Sam Ferrell.

While the podcast might focus on paranormal activity and all things eerie, it has also developed a following for being a lifeline to some listening.

“I’ll be honest with you; well Jerry partially saved my life. I had actually gotten very close to committing suicide and Jerry was one of the people that kind of helped talk me through it and get me through that rough patch in my life and show me that there is light at the end of the tunnel. So, without Jerry I probably would not be here today,” said Ferrell.

Mental health awareness has become a common thread on the Hillbilly Horror Stories podcast.

“It’s tough mentally right now for people struggling,” said Paulley.

After an episode on suicide, Jerry felt he needed to open up about his own struggles and a conversation started.

“We are constantly promoting mental health awareness and we have several people that send us stories every week on how we have helped them in life somehow, someway that has nothing to do with the podcast,” said Paulley.

“That’s why we love our group because there are people all over the world. So anytime, day or night you know they can contact somebody. We have even given out of our phone number for people to call us,” said Tracy Paulley.

While the stories heard on the podcast may give us all chills and leave us wondering what is really out there, the podcast, at its root, is about the here and now of its listeners.

“We are just an ear, we are just asking people that if they need to talk, we are there, we are asking people if they need to seek help how they can get help” said Paulley.

The Paulley’s say they are not experts, so they are careful about not giving advice, only advocating for people to seek help.

Jerry Paulley has written a book, “Demons Depression and Redemption.” The book details his own struggles, but also how we can overcome them.

If you would like to learn more about Hillbilly Horror Stories and its community, click here.

You can also find the podcast on most major platforms.

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