One of the reasons why American Horror Story remains supreme in the realm of horror is because the show continues to keep us on our toes year after year, freaking us out with more twists and turns than Twisty the Clown on a rollercoaster.
Season 7 looks set to continue this trend in light of news that #AmericanHorrorStory will next revolve around a political theme based around the Presidential Election of 2016. Fans hoping to hear more story specifics at this year's Paleyfest may have been left disappointed though, as the official name of Season 7 is yet to be revealed.
So What Did We Learn About Season 7 Of 'American Horror Story'?
Executive producer Tom Minear has shed some light on the tone of Season 7, explaining that the upcoming plot will take American Horror Story into new, even more deranged territory than usual:
"At the beginning of every season, in order to secure the tax benefit, you have to give a synopsis of what you’re doing. That was not okay with Ryan [Murphy], but we had to give them something, so we made up this completely batsh– thing for those two paragraphs and the funny thing is, we’re doing it this year."
While rumors that Kathy Bates could play a demonically possessed version of President Donald Trump have already been debunked, there's plenty of real life ghost stories set in the White House which could help inspire the "completely bats**t" direction that Season 7 of American Horror Story will take.
Will Abraham Lincoln Join The Cast Of 'American Horror Story' In Season 7?
Not only does Abraham Lincoln remain one of the most recognizable US Presidents, he's also the most prolific White House ghost, according to residents. Ever since he was assassinated in 1865, Lincoln's ghost has allegedly appeared frequently in the bedroom that was named after him.
Abe was first spotted by First Lady Grace Coolidge back in the '20s, when she saw him standing at a window in the Oval Office, staring where the Civil War battlefields once stood. Since then, the gloriously bearded one has terrified a number of White House residents, sending some screaming out of the building.
One of the most well-known Lincoln sightings was reported by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who regaled the story of how he bumped into the former President following a long bath. Walking back into his bedroom, naked except for the cigar in his hand, Churchill encountered Lincoln at the fireplace, where he said:
“Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage.”
Apparently Lincoln didn't like what he saw and the apparition faded away almost immediately after. Unsurprisingly, Churchill refused to sleep in that room on subsequent visits.
Another amusing sighting occurred in 1942, when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands heard a knock at the door of the White House bedroom that she was staying in. When she opened the door and saw Lincoln standing before her, Wilhelmina immediately fainted, presumably because she was so impressed by his ghostly beard.
While the majority of these stories don't sound particularly scary, we're hoping that American Horror Story draws more murderous inspiration from Futurama's Evil Lincoln than the real-life prankster who reportedly haunts the White House.
Will Lincoln's Killer Play A Role In 'American Horror Story'?
If Lincoln does feature in Season 7 of American Horror Story, then we imagine that those involved in his assassination will soon follow in his bloody footsteps.
One particularly unnerving ghost sighting that has been reported in the White House is that of Anna Surratt, whose mother, Mary, was hung in 1865 for her involvement in Lincoln's death. Since then, Anna's ghost has been seen regularly on the anniversary of her mother's death, banging on the front doors, begging for Mary to be pardoned.
Imagine what would happen if Anna managed to break those front doors down? Come on American Horror Story. Make it happen.
Nothing's creepier than flowers, right? Well, no, not exactly, but First Lady Dolley Madison could lead you to rethink that if she crops up in Season 7 of American Horror Story.
After Madison planted the famous White House rose garden in the 1800s, First Lady Ellen Wilson decided to dig the plants up — but plans were quickly halted when the garden workers refused to continue with their work. When asked why, Wilson was told that Madison's ghost had reportedly appeared to stop the workers from carrying out their job and ever since then, the smell of roses has occasionally appeared in the White House out of nowhere.
Sure, this isn't the creepiest ghost story ever told, but American Horror Story could certainly twist the specifics into something scarier. Either way, this is definitely one of the more "bats**t" stories out there.
While some of the ghost stories reported from the White House aren't particularly scary, the tale of a spirit known as "The Thing" is certainly more in line with the typical frights seen on American Horror Story.
Back in 1911, the unidentified spirit of a fifteen year old terrified the Taft domestic staff. Military aide, Major Archibald Butt, wrote a letter to his sister Clara, describing "The Thing":
"The ghost, it seems, is a young boy about fourteen or fifteen years old . . . They say that the first knowledge one has of the presence of the Thing is a slight pressure on the shoulder, as if someone were leaning over your shoulder to see what you might be doing."
President Taft ordered Butt to fire any member of staff who mentioned the ghost. Since Taft is long gone, perhaps the time is right for American Horror Story to put their own spin on the story, over a century later.
Out of all the White House hauntings, reports of a Demon Cat that prowls the White House basement are arguably the most bats**t of all, so there's a chance that ghostly felines could end up terrorising the cast of American Horror Story in Season 7.
At first, the evil kitty looks relatively harmless, but as you approach it, the demon cat reportedly grows in size, becoming more and more evil by the moment... because, demon cat.
Apparently, the ghostly feline only makes its presence known right before a national disaster, appearing previously before both the stock market crash of 1929 and Kennedy's assassination in 1963. We wouldn't be surprised then if the demon cat appears in the pilot of American Horror Story, foretelling the results of the 2016 Presidential Election...
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In a show where sex with minotaurs is the norm, it takes a lot for American Horror Story to be even more bats**t than normal. Fortunately, there's plenty of 'real-life' ghost hauntings that could provide this kind of inspiration in Season 7. Honestly though, we'll be very disappointed if we don't see a demonic White House cat when Season 7 finally premieres.