Last week, American Horror Story debuted its sixth season on FX, and fans of the show were pretty stoked about it.
This season, which is subtitled Roanoke, focuses on a married couple named Shelby (Sarah Paulson) and Matt Miller (Cuba Gooding Jr.) who move from Los Angeles to North Carolina after Matt is assaulted — the result of a gang initiation challenge.
Although details about the latest offering of AHS were scarce, there'd been speculation that this season would highlight the Lost Colony — ya know, an actual American horror story.
Well, if you're unfamiliar with that tale, here are all of the creepy and unsettling details you should know about one of the nation's most enduring mysteries.
According to the Outer Banks' official tourism website, nearly three decades before the Pilgrims made their way to Plymouth Rock, there was another group of English settlers — more than 100 total — who made their way to the New World, landing and establishing themselves on Roanoke Island in July 1587.
Soon after arriving on the island, John White had to return to England for more supplies — although he was nervous to leave, as tensions were high between the settlers and natives.
It would be three years before he would return to Roanoke, and unbeknownst to him, it would be the very last time he'd see his daughter and granddaughter.
So what happened to the colonists? Well, no one knows for sure, but a host of theories have popped up.
White himself speculated that the settlers had moved inland to the Croatoan tribe where Chief Manteo, the Native American chief who'd befriended the people of Roanoke, lived.
But there are other theories that the settlers' village was destroyed after another native tribe overtook the Croatoans, thus leaving no one to protect the colonists.
There were also hoaxes, too, like this elaborate tale of the Dare stones.
And now the story of the missing colonists has come full circle, as the story was highlighted in Season 1 of American Horror Story, Murder House.
In Episode 11 of the season, titled "Birth," Sarah Paulson's character — a medium named Billie Dean Howard — tells the story of the settlers who inexplicably died in Roanoke.
The ghosts of the deceased colonists would indiscriminately kill natives in the surrounding area.
Per Howard, the spirits of the dead colonists haunted the local natives. And the only way to banish the spirits for good was to collect their personal belongings (aka talismans), toss them in a fire, and utter the word "Croatoan" to be rid of them forever.
So now, the series has expertly circled back to include a plot point that was set in motion in the very first season.
And if the terrifying tale of the ghost colony sent chills up your spine back then, the newest season of AHS will be sure to give you nightmares.
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