Lange herself is also a photographer, and she was particularly attracted to the circus world, especially during the 50s.
Many fans criticized and disliked this, but there is a deep and unique reason to this idea.
Ryan Murphy has said in an interview that he picked songs that were made by artists who were known as or called themselves freaks.
For example: David Bowie, Lana Del Rey, Nirvana, etc.
American Horror Story follows the Harmon family, Ben, Vivien and Violet, who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Ben has an affair, as a means of reconciling their past anguish.
The family moves to a decrepit mansion, unaware that the once noble home is haunted.
Within the season "Freak Show", the character Twisty the Clown was disliked by the National Clown Association of America for his inaccurate portrayal of clowns, and because he gave clowns a bad reputation.
The season one house is a real location at 1120 Westchester Place in Los Angeles known as the Rosenheim Mansion.
It was built in 1908 by architect Alfred Rosenheim as his own residence; Rosenheim was one of LA's most influential architects during the early 1900s.
The house scenes in the pilot episode of "American Horror Story" were filmed on location at the Rosenheim Mansion, and then some of the house's interiors were replicated on a set. The first season used horror film scores for its soundtrack, most noticeably the scores from "Bram Stoker's Dracula", "What Lies Beneath", "Psycho" and "Insidious".