When American Horror Story premiered in 2011, it was at the start of a renaissance for television horror that arguably began when The Walking Dead first aired a year earlier. Horror television series are nothing new, but there has been a definite revival in recent years and AHS is a major part of that.
Part of the show’s success is in how it blends real life terrors into a bizarre and twisted world where ghosts, vampires and witches exist. It brings a balance to these outlandish stories, preventing the show from becoming too extreme in its fantasy.
From serial killers to unsolved mysteries, Set The Tape presents some of the inspirations behind the stories in American Horror Story.
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