The upcoming American Horror Story anthology spin-off, American Horror Stories, will include stars of the original series. Showrunner Ryan Murphy revealed the new details, along with the first poster on social media late yesterday. In addition to the spin-off details, Murphy also revealed the first poster for the upcoming season 10 of American Horror Story, which started production last month after a lengthy delay.
The first poster for American Horror Stories features a pale woman's face, which is cracking like an egg. Behind the cracks, we see that a black widow spider has taken up residence, while weaving some webs in the hollow skull. The hour glass on the spider's abdomen is mirrored on the unidentified woman's lips. Additionally, she appears to be dressed all in black with a suit that seems very similar to the Rubber Man from AHS season 1. It's not clear at this time what the visual has to do with the upcoming anthology series.
As for what American Horror Stories will be about, that has not yet been revealed. However, Ryan Murphy did offer up this interesting bit of information: "We are doing 16 one hour stand-alone episodes delving into horror myths, legends and lore... many of these episodes will feature AHS stars you know and love. More to follow..." Murphy did not go into further detail about the series, but that should be enough information for fans to speculate about for the time being, while also taking a good, long look at the poster, which could be teasing a story connected to the first season of American Horror Story.
American Horror Stories was first announced back in May when Ryan Murphy was teasing a Zoom call with the AHS cast about season 10 plans. Murphy said, "American Horror Story cast Zoom call... where we reminisced about the good times... the spinoff we're doing called American Horror Stories (one hour contained episodes)..." That little tease was enough to get fans excited about the new series. AHS star Matt Bomer has already said that he would love to return for the new show, though in a different role. "What I would love to do is to direct one of the American Horror Story one-offs that they're talking about doing," said Bomer.
With American Horror Stories consisting of standalone episodes, Ryan Murphy may have a whole new crop of directors from within the AHS franchise on board to get behind the camera. Sarah Paulson teased her involvement with the anthology series over the summer, stating, "What can I say? I'll be directing something." Paulson was very careful to not give anything away about American Horror Story season 10, or American Horror Stories, but we at least know that she'll be behind the camera for the new show when it premieres. You can check out the first poster for American Horror Stories above, thanks to Ryan Murphy's Twitter account.