For the First Time Ever, ‘AHS’ Spinoff Series, ‘American Horror Stories,’ Will Feature Hour-Long ‘Contained’ Episodes

Halloween came early for fans of this horror series. Ryan Murphy announced there’s an American Horror Story spinoff in the works, this one featuring shorter, but equally as twisted, episodes of scary stories. Here’s what we know about American Horror Stories.

There’s an ‘American Horror Story’ spinoff series in the works, according to Ryan Murphy

There’s only so many times fans of this horror series can watch Coven on repeat. Each year, viewers look forward to being spooked by this FX original series and 2020 is no exception. The 10th season of this television show was set for a 2020 premiere on the television network.

However, with a post of an alleged “Zoom cast” of the American Horror Story cast members, Ryan Murphy shared some exciting news with fans — there’s a spinoff of American Horror Story on the way. For the first time ever, these episodes will include stories that are only about an hour long.

American Horror Story cast zoom call, where we reminisced about the good times. The spinoff we’re doing called American Horror Stories (one hour contained episodes,) Ryan Murphy captioned his Instagram post.

“When we will start filming the next season of the mothership and other stuff I cannot print,” he continued. “It was so much fun and I’m glad we caught up. I miss everyone!”

News conference inside Hotel Cortez on the set of "American Horror Story: Hotel"
News conference inside Hotel Cortez on the set of “American Horror Story: Hotel” | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

‘American Horror Story’ cast members return for this mini-series

This would be the first time that episodes of American Horror Story were contained within an hour-long episode. The original television show had each season boast a new “theme,” with returning cast members portraying different characters. (Although, sometimes they would return as characters from already-released seasons.)

Not much is known about this spinoff series, titled American Horror Stories, including when it will premiere in relation to the upcoming season of American Horror Story. Additionally, it’s unclear which cast members would return for the shorter episodes of this horror series and which characters they would portray.

Based on the “Zoom call” picture, potential cast members include fan-favorite alumni like Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe. Until then, fans look forward to the premiere of the next season of American Horror Story, in which the cast list has been confirmed by FX and Ryan Murphy.

There are a few seasons of ‘American Horror Story’ already renewed by FX

With the success of this Emmy-award winning series, FX renewed it through season 13, meaning there’s plenty of spooky content on the way for American Horror Story fans. Recently, the show’s Instagram account shared the cast list for season 10. The post earned over 400,000 likes in a matter of weeks.

It’s unclear whenever this upcoming season of American Horror Story will premiere on FX. Production has, reportedly, paused due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, meaning that episodes may not arrive in time for fall 2020.

More information regarding American Horror Stories will presumably be announced in the coming weeks. Until then, already released seasons of American Horror Story are available for streaming on both Hulu and Netflix.