American Horror Story: Freak Show finally got a teaser trailer, and it’s definitely freaky.
The video is just a few seconds long, and it’s titled “Admit One.” It features a creepy claw-like hand slowly opening up to reveal a ticket for American Horror Story: Freak Show. The four-fingered claw almost looks lobster-like, so perhaps it’s a reference to a freak show character suffering from ectrodactyly. This was the deformity that made Grady Stiles Jr., a.k.a. “Lobster Boy,” a famous freak show performer (he’s pictured above on the left).
It wouldn’t be shocking if American Horror Story: Freak Show bases a character on Lobster Boy. In 1979, Stiles murdered his oldest daughter’s fiance. However, he received a “sympathy verdict” and was only sentenced to 15 years probation. He was an abusive alcoholic, and his wife decided that she’d had enough of his behavior in 1992. She and her son from a previous marriage allegedly paid a family friend with gang ties $1500 to murder Stiles. However, according to The Huffington Post, Grady Stiles III claimed that his father’s murder was a misunderstanding — the killer was just supposed to scare Stiles and rough him up bit. Stiles III appeared on AMC’s Freakshow to talk about his dad and his experience touring with the “Lobster Family.”
American Horror Story: Freak Show could actually cast Grady Stiles III as a freak show performer with ectrodactyly because he inherited his condition from his father (he’s pictured above right). As The Inquisitr previously reported, American Horror Story has already cast a few real people with real unusual physical traits to play freaks. They include The World’s Smallest Woman (Jyoti Amge) and the World’s Tallest Model (Amazon Eve).
Freak Show has never shied away from using real people as inspiration for its stories, and season 4 has already found one interesting person to focus on: a two-faced man named Edward Mordrake. He’s connected to Kathy Bates’ character, and it doesn’t sound like he’s very fond of her. Perhaps Lobster Boy will also pop up to cause problems for some of Jessica Lange’s “unusuals.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, American Horror Story: Freak Show finally released its official description. Here it is:
“Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.”
The series will debut Wednesday, October 8 at 10 pm Do you think that American Horror Story: Freak Show will feature a character based on Lobster Boy, or would using his story be too obvious?