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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. (more…)