American Horror Story Season 5's Ryan Murphy talks "personal fear and phobia"

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American Horror Story is all about tapping into our darkest fears and phobias, but just because they make the stuff doesn't mean the show's cast and crew can't be scared to holy bejeezus alongside the rest of us. Ryan Murphy recently opened up about why Season 5 (Hotel) was so tough to write

American Horror Story's upcoming fifth outing, Hotel, is a major turning point for the FX franchise, being the first without series mainstay Jessica Lange. Season 5 will instead focus on a cast ensemble rather than a principal driving character, but then getting Lady Gaga on board for American Horror Story Season 5, as co-star Matt Bomer teases, certainly doesn't hurt either. AHS show creator Ryan Murphy previously hinted that Hotel would have a completely different tone than any previous seasons, saying: "The upcoming season that we’re doing is much more horror-based: it’s much more dark. It’s about a theme and an idea that’s very close to my heart that I’ve always wanted to do that’s a little bloodier and grislier I think than anything that we’ve done before: it’s straight horror this year." That said, Murphy recently opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about another reason it may have taken him so long to take this macabre turn.

While discussing his other horror comedy series, Scream Queen, which is set to premiere on FOX in September, Murphy reflected on the challenges of juggling the similarly themed FX series as well. "It's fun to write Scream Queens but challenging to write Horror Story," Murphy revealed, going on to hint that the FX show hits particularly close to home. "[Hotel] is about a personal fear and phobia that I have that I haven't explored since the first season of Horror Story because it fucked me up and I didn't want to write about things I was scared of - but I wanted to go back to that." AHS Season 1 (Murder House) revolved around the Harmon family and the perenially haunted house they came to occupy early in the series, revealing over twelve episodes the mansion's gory past occupied by each of the souls that died within it. If the correspondence that Murphy has hinted between the two seasons comes to fruition, he may have just dropped a major spoiler for Hotel, which could well be terrorized by the ghosts of occupants past. What direction do you think American Horror Story "Hotel" could take?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter / Deadline