For the first time, the concept of the latest season of 'American Horror Story' was kept completely under wraps, with creator Ryan Murphy refusing to give away so much as the title of season 6. But we finally learned what we were in for when it premiered on FX last night (September 14th 2016). 

American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story is back with 'My Roanake Nightmare'

The new season is called 'My Roanoke Nightmare', confirming the rumours that were circling ahead of the season premiere; rumours suggesting that it would be based on the true tale of the missing Roanoke Colony in what we now know as North Carolina in the late 16th century. 

'American Horror Story' fans who have been concentrating will know that this new season takes reference from the spooky monologue of the psychic Billie Dean Howard in season 1, 'Murder House'. She spoke of the 'successful attempt' of banishing the spirits of the Roanoke colony who had died soon after arriving in the New World. 'It became known as the Ghost Colony because the spirits remained. They haunted the native tribes living in the surrounding area, killing indiscriminately', she said, before explaining just how their spirits were sent away.

Only now it seems that they weren't as successful as everyone thought. Centuries later, a young couple named Shelby and Matt - a yoga teacher and a door-to-door salesman respectively) - escape the violent streets of LA and their recent miscarriage to a farmhouse retreat in Roanoke. It doesn't get off to a brilliant start, however, as they are forced to bid against some terrifying hillbilly types in the auction for the house, and soon find themselves a target for violence once again, if not for their winning the auction then for their being an interracial couple. But that's the least of their worries.

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Directed by Bradley Buecker, the first episode takes on the style of a true-crime documentary, with actors re-counting their terrifying story in an interview and separate actors re-enacting it. Lily Rabe plays present day Shelby with Sarah Paulson in the re-enactment, likewise with Andre Holland and Cuba Gooding Jr. for the character Matt. 

Hillbillies aside, Shelby and Matt soon find themselves in the midst of a series of inexplicable and frightening events. When Shelby is left alone, she finds herself faced with ghostly apparitions and almost drowned in her own hot tub, enough to leave her very shaken indeed. Matt starts to think she's of fragile mind and imagining it all, so he doesn't tell her when a dead pig turns up on their doorstep. But it doesn't take a genius to realise something strange is going on when a shower of teeth falls from the sky, twig dolls are scattered around the house and a snuff video is discovered in the basement. Matt is going to have a tough job chalking it all down to the locals.

Also starring in the new series are Angela Bassett, Adina Porter, Wes Bentley and Kathy Bates.