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American Horror Story has featured aliens, axe murderers, minotaur sex, and grotesque messes in the shape of Chloe Sevigny, but the horror anthology might have outdone itself with American Horror Story: Freak Show, if the first official trailer is any indication.

Photo: Meet the freaks of American Horror Story: Freak Show

Ryan Murphy's latest nightmare fuel, the fourth season of the Emmy-winning series, is set in a 1950s traveling sideshow carnival, and this first extended look at the all-star cast dressed up as weirdos does not disappoint. See Oscar- and Emmy-winner Kathy Bates sporting a hirsute face rug as the Bearded Lady! Watch as The Shield's Michael Chiklis lifts barbells with ease as the Strongest Man in the World! Let Sarah Paulson double your fun as The Two-Headed Lady! Marvel at Evan Peters' lobster claw hands and the woman who would dare let those claws caress her body! And witness Angela Bassett showing off... three boobs!?

Details on the season are being kept mostly under wraps, but Freak Show will be set in Florida in 1952. AHS favorite Jessica Lange will play the manager of the freak show who will do anything to keep the business alive.

American Horror Story: Freakshow returns Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 10/9c on FX.