Which of American Horror Story's Freaks Are Based on Real Circus Acts?
As the Oct. 8 premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show draws ever closer, we're looking at the real-life stories behind the latest installment of the anthology series. Certain aspects of Ryan Murphy's own twisted version of the freak show, like the two-faced Edward Mordrake, for instance, can be chalked up to myth. But as we've followed along with the release of every new trailer and as we've beheld the official character portraits, we couldn't help but wonder: what's real? Keep scrolling for actual vintage photos of "freaks" from the past century and find out how they've been appropriated for American Horror Story.