‘American Horror Story’ creator says FX boss ‘fell out of his chair’ when he heard season 8’s theme

Ryan Murphy has also revealed when the next series of the anthology show will be set

The theme for American Horror Story season 8 made the head of FX fall “out of his chair”, according to show creator Ryan Murphy.

The next series of the horror anthology show is expected to air later this year, following 2017’s Cult.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s press tour yesterday (January 5), Murphy teased details of the upcoming season, including when it will be set.


“I pitched it to [FX boss] John Landgraf today right after his TCA panel, and he loved it, but he’s asked me not to say what it is,” he said of the theme. “I told him and he fell out of his chair with joy. I think people will like it, it’s different from what we’ve done before, but I always try and do the opposite of what I’ve done on that show.”


Murphy also revealed the next series won’t be set in the past or the present. “All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future – still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done.” He added that that did not mean the show would be set in space, as Entertainment Weekly reports.

In season 7, American Horror Story followed a murderous clown cult led by Kai Anderson (Evan Peters), who was inspired by Donald Trump’s rise to political office.