Fans of American Horror Story can shiver with anticipation, as FX Chairman John Landgraf announced when the new series, and spin-off series will arrive on our screens. Like most long-running franchises, the world of American Horror Story is branching out in more terrifying ways and we now know the first of these is just around the corner. As well as the tenth season of the dark drama series, we are also very near to getting our first look at the self-contained new anthology, American Horror Stories. The new show will feature 16 individual one hour stories of myth, legend and obviously copious amounts of blood and gore.
The AHS spin-off series, which is exclusive to FX on Hulu, will air in July, while the tenth season of American Horror Story arrives in late August, with the final episode airing on Halloween. Spooky.
Season Ten of American Horror Story, subtitled Double Feature, sees series regulars Sarah Paulson, following her much praised turn in the Netflix series, Ratched, Evan Peters, fresh from his Wandavision appearance, Adina Porter, Billie Lourd and a return of Frances Conroy - replacing Kathy Bates who was forced to pull out of filming due to heath reasons - among others returning for more scares and shocks in another brand new setting. Joining them this time around is new cast addition, Macaulay Culkin.
American Horror Story: Double Feature, as the title suggests, is a season of two halves, and is expected to play out as two stories similar to the 50s movies it is named after. Originally scheduled to air in 2020, but delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the new season has been eagerly awaited by fans since the end of the "80's slasher movie" inspired 9th series that aired in 2019. As usual, the plot details are being kept pretty much sealed in a crypt, with no official word what will transpire in the new season.
American Horror Stories was teased by show creator Ryan Murphy last year, who said that rather than making one series-spanning story, it would concentrate on what is usually known as monster of the week episodes, with each one looking at a different piece of lore or myth. To tie it into the American Horror Story universe, each story will have a cast primarily made up of the same familiar stars of the franchise.
Scaring fans since 2011, American Horror Story has the honor of being the latest series to breathe life into the flagging horror genre on TV, having stood alongside The Walking Dead as a crowd-pleaser in a genre of TV that always struggles to gain traction among viewers. Graphic violence, gore and the occasional big name such as Lady Gaga dropping in, combined with the "same people, different story" anthology style storytelling has kept people coming back to American Horror Story for a decade, and the two new series arriving in the next few months suggests that it is not quite ready to crawl back into the grave just yet.