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The Shockingly Brutal Crimes of Axe-Murderer Clementine Barnabet

As the blow from an axe crushed another skull, South Louisiana’s unparalleled reign of terror continued… It was February 1911 in Crowley, Louisiana, a small town near the Texas border. The Byers family went to bed as usual. It was a typical night until an intruder broke in and brutally bludgeoned them all to death […]

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The Unsettling Awesomeness of Katherine Dunn’s GEEK LOVE

Freak shows first began to come into the public eye as early as the 16th century, when people with unusual, deformed, or extreme body types would be displayed for royalty as objects of curiosity and medical intrigue. The tradition of the freak show continued to centuries, and they became a staple of traveling circuses, offering […]

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VIDEO: The Real Stories that Inspired AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE

Did you know that Lady Gaga’s character is based on a supposedly real witch? Or that the killer nurses were inspired by real nurses that murdered their patients? The TV series AMERICAN HORROR STORY has always borrowed from actual history. The most recent season, ROANOKE, is no different, using historical events and actual mysteries to help shape […]

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The Real Life Story Behind the Alien Abduction from AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM

One of the things I love so much about AMERICAN HORROR STORY is its ability to pull stories from real life and adapt them for the screen. This season we’ve seen AHS’s take on the Roanoke Colony as well as an adaptation of Gwen Graham and Cathy Wood, two nurses from Michigan who murdered five […]

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY Maze at Universal Horror Nights Hollywood: Visit Murder House, Freak Show, & Hotel!

This year Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights has outdone itself with a great assortment of mazes including HALLOWEEN 2, KRAMPUS, THE EXORCIST, and many more. But the one I was most excited about was the AMERICAN HORROR STORY maze. For years now, this TV show has been a high point of my horror viewing. I’ve watched […]

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE’s Murderous Nurses are Based on a True Story!

This season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, entitled ROANOKE, is the sixth season of the popular FX’s horror anthology. The ROANOKE series takes on a completely different style, presented in a documentary fashion with actor reenactments. The story of a young couple who find themselves the not-so-proud owners of an old rural home, these first few episodes […]

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Does This 1919 Photograph Reveal an Infamous New Orleans Serial Killer?

Today’s creepypasta needs a little backstory for those unfamiliar with one of New Orleans’ most terrifying unsolved crimes — the bloody and horrific killing spree of “The Axeman,” a brutal (and still unidentified) psychopath allegedly responsible for the deaths of half a dozen people between May 1918 and October 1919. During the Axeman’s reign of […]

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Want to Spend the Night in AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s Murder House?

If you’re a fan of AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s inaugural season — which revolved almost entirely around the gruesome and haunted history of a notorious “Murder House” and its doomed occupants — you might be excited (and/or horrified) to learn that the real-life mansion used for exteriors of the house in the series (it even came […]

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Queer Fear and AMERICAN HORROR STORY

In terms of queer content on mainstream television, it was Ryan (GLEE, NIP/TUCK) Murphy and Brad Falchuk who broke the mould with their 2011 debut of the triumphantly taboo-breaking AMERICAN HORROR STORY. The anthology show was largely experimental in nature, yes. The haunted house format was lifted wholesale from horror’s historical archives and, yes, it […]

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The Shockingly Disturbing Story of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Hidden in the mountains of West Virginia, in the remote city of Weston, is the America’s largest hand-cut stone masonry building. It is the second largest building of its kind in the world, The Kremlin being the first.  But that’s not all that makes this building unique. This is the former home of the Trans-Allegheny […]

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The REAL History Behind AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL’s James March & Actual Serial Killer HH Holmes

Last week we reported on how the setting for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL was based on the real life Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles. Read about it here- http://www.blumhouse.com/2015/11/05/the-gruesome-tale-of-the-real-hotel-american-horror-story-is-based-on-the-hotel-cecil/ But did you know the HOTEL main character of James March and his wild torture chambers are also based on real history? Stairs to nowhere, doors […]

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“Good, Bad, I’m the Guy With The Gun” – An Analysis of Gun Representation in Horror

There’s an overwhelming amount of people that cite Pennywise of Stephen King’s IT as the source of their fears of clowns.  Additionally, JAWS made people fear the ocean the same way PSYCHO made us fear showering alone.  The experiences we have during a horror film can legitimately change the way we think or interpret our surroundings. Wes […]

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The Gruesome Real-Life Inspiration for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL

Set in Downtown Los Angeles, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL is the story of the Hotel Cortez, a 90-year-old hotel built by serial killer James Patrick March.  But there’s a real story behind this dark and twisted location, the story of The Cecil Hotel which was the real life inspiration for the current season of AHS. […]