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Fox, Fans Celebrate ‘American Horror Story’

3 Oct, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey

Dearly Departed Tours' Scott Michaels and author Tom Ogden regale fans with stories at the 'AHS' event.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Roxie Richardson, a 23-year-old local resident, is exactly the reason 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment held a fan appreciation event for the hit FX series “American Horror Story.”

At night, at a cemetery. Of course.

“It pushes the boundaries, terrific,” Richardson said of the show, which has its season two premiere Oct. 17. “I can’t watch movies like ‘American Horror Story.’”

Her and more than 100 of her fellow devoted fans descended on the famed Hollywood Forever Cemetery Oct. 2 to watch the season one premiere all over again, hear from local experts on Los Angeles hauntings, and get an oft-disturbing first-hand account on spirits from a renowned psychic.

Oh, and win one of a dozen Blu-ray Disc copies of the Sept. 25 season one release from the studio. Fox included a slew of bonuses for this one, with an audio commentary, “Behind the Fright: The Making of American Horror Story,” “Overture to Horror: Creating the Title Sequence,” “Out of the Shadows: Meet the House Ghosts” and more.

Author Tom Ogden (“Haunted Hollywood,” “Haunted Cemeteries” and “Haunted Hotels”) walked the crowd through the real-life horrors behind “American Horror Story” (specifically the Black Dahlia, the gruesome 1947 slaying of Beth Short).

“The great thing about ‘American Horror Story’ is they are taking actual elements of ghost lore through the ages, and incorporating them into the story,” Ogden said.

Self-proclaimed psychic and medium Lisa Williams (TLC’s “Life Among the Dead”) shared disturbing stories of her encounters with spirits, and said out of all the ghost stories she’s seen, “American Horror Story” “scared the crap out of me.”

“Because I live this world, I see these things, I hear these things, I feel them,” she said. “I resonated with this series, was so drawn to it.”  

The fan favorite of the evening was when series actor David Anthony Higgins (“Malcolm in the Middle”) shared the bonus “The Murder House: Presented by Eternal Darkness Tours of Hollywood,” where he conducts a mock tour of the “Murder House” featured in the show, the real life Rosenheim Mansion in L.A.

But fans are already looking to see if FX can repeat what it did with season one with season two (“American Horror Story” was No. 1 in its time slot 11 of 12 weeks).

“It’s shocking, one of the best things on TV, and I’m excited to see where they go next,” said Nik Silva, 30, of Hollywood.

What’s next is a new series of horror stories in a 1960s asylum, with none of the same characters, but all of the season one actors playing new roles.

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