Inspired by the goriest and most terrifying horror stories from history, mythology and fiction, American Horror Story had no trouble cultivating a passionate cult following. Tapping into the population’s lust for morbidity and creepy thrills, season by season, it explores the tropes and terror of the scary stories that have been so often told and retold that they are ingrained in contemporary western culture. Beginning with Murder House, it has covered some of the most chilling tales in the social consciousness, spanning Asylum, Coven, Freak Show and, most recently, the eerie antics of a supernaturally active Hotel.
The newest season is subtitled Roanoke and is scheduled for release in 2017. Creator Ryan Murphy has assured fans that the theme will be announced in spring 2017, but there are plenty of rumours flying already, with the official subtitle suggesting a connection with the late 16th-century Lost Colony.
While it’s certainly an intriguing – and fitting – theme for a season, it’s not what fans have been clamouring for.
Given the show’s original take on classic folk horror, a lot of the show’s followers have been calling for the creators to take that artistic license and see what would happen if those stories were blended together. Image it – just how terrifying could these stories get if you had not one ghastly urban legend to contend with, but two? Or more?
A crossover season has been fantasised about for a long time now.
And it finally looks like it’s coming.
In a talk at EW‘s PopFest, Murphy admitted that was indeed on the cards for the future and that he and the other people working on the show even knew which seasons they wanted to mash up:
“We do know what we’re going to do. It’s not going to be next season, but we are going to do a season that’s a crossover between Murder House and Coven together, which is very bizarre.”
So it might mean a little while to wait, but at least it’s coming – and in the meantime, Roanoke is sure to have plenty to keep us titillated.