Monsters Among Us – Freak Show Episode 1 – American Horror Story Fan Podcast

Monsters Among Us is the title of the first episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show. The show treats its viewers to all kinds of oddities: a woman with two heads, the bearded lady, the tattooed seal boy, the lobster boy and Elsa Mars, cabaret star. Just don’t call them Freaks! This season starts off with a slow build paying close attention to Else, Dott and Bette and Jimmy Darling while introducing only a handful of the remaining cast. And then there’s Twisty the Clown, quite possibly the most disturbing visual since Pennywise the clown from Stephen King’s It.

Welcome to The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Freak Show. This the unofficial podcast about the hit FX Horror Television show American Horror Story by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com and DocRotten.com. Now in its fourth highly anticipated season, the award winning genre show is set to push even more boundaries and break even more unimaginable taboos with Freak Show. The theme this season is a carnival struggling to survive in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. Returning to co-host the fan podcast are Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani.


The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Freak Show
Episode 1 –  Monsters Among Us

Things to look forward to after the recap each episode are Thomas providing his favorite Crazy Moment of the Week of the week and Doc shares his favorite Outrageous Theory of the Week. Out of all the nutty things that show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk could possibly shove into a single episode, what could Thomas possibly settle upon? And what theory could possibly come out of Doc’s warped mind to shed any light into the Freak Show’s visual treats of wonder and horror? Listen to the podcast and find out.

We also want to hear from you! The American Horror Story Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Doc and Thomas your thoughts. What are your theories? What was the craziest moment of the show? Who’s your favorite character? Which character do you despise the most? The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

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Doc Rotten

Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970’s searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.

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  • rmarius2000

    There are some elements I’m waiting to see if they pan out. However, overall, I’m pretty happy. By the way, since you pointed out that thing about the clown’s scalp, I’ve noticed it and it’s creeping me out. I mentioned it to someone at work today and he agreed that it was really creepy. What would be cool is if he was unmasked and he looked exactly like he does with the fake smile on. Maybe Hannibal got to him. Anyway, good podcast.

    By the way, much better than The Strain. The first 2 episodes are better than the entire season of The Strain.

    • HE’S WEARING SOMEONE’S SCALP! – Oh, man, that continues to creep me out. Glad I am not alone. We did get to see behind the mask on episode 2. Yikes, yuck! Let’s put the scary teeth mask back on please…ugh.

      Hannibal rocks! The Strain…did not pan out. I wanted it to, but…Twisty and Lecter would eat The Masters feet for breakfast.

      • Charles

        He took off the mask? What the heck was I doing at that time? I’ll have to look at it again.

        Yeah, I’m not saying that Hannibal isn’t good, just too dark for me. Also, sometimes it seems a bit monotone. The way Will talks and the way Hannibal talks can kind of put you to sleep. It has a very somber tone…but them pretty soon, someone is getting cut up or eaten.

        By the way, this is Charles. The inter-webs had assigned me Charles at some point. But my middle name is Carlos. Yes, The Strain was a major disappointment. Not sure if I will return next season. I also saw my first episode of Gotham recently. It looks pretty good. Keep up the good work.

        • Charles (Carlos), Glad to have you back for AHS:FS. 🙂

          Yeah, The Strain struggled. I think I will definitely watch the first episode for the second season, but it will difficult to commit for season as a whole. Jury is out.

          I am enjoying Gotham, it has its own issues, but the mythology itself supports the effort at this time. And Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot owns the show. Right now, I’m watching The Penguin more than Gotham.

          AHS is killing it this year, IMHO. I am so enjoying Twisty and the carny. Hey, and we get to learn the Pepper loves Meat Loaf. That’s gold! 🙂