'American Horror Story' and the Real Freak Show

October 6, 2014 2:17 AM

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He's not really afraid of this. What better way for a showrunner to promote a new season than to suggest that an audience who has hung on through murder houses, Nazis in 1950s asylums, and scenes of antebellum torture featuring Kathy Bates with a minotaur won't be able to handle what he has planned for us next.

It is true, however, that the new season has chosen to explore an outré moment in the history of horror. In fact, Freak Show draws us into one of the horrors of American history.

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