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Ladies and gentlemen, step right up to the American Horror Story carnival! After months of speculation, American Horror Story writer Douglas Petrie (sort of accidentally) spilled the beans in a Nerdist podcast.

When a fellow podcast guest said she heard the new season was set at a carnival, Petrie confirmed. "Yes," Petrie said when asked if it was set at a carnival. "It doesn't have a title, but that's the idea. Very roughly, that's the idea." 

Viewers had been speculating the new season would take place at a circus of sorts, but those rumors had been shot down. They just weren't specific enough with their guesses?

Regardless, this could bring American Horror Story to new heights. Clowns? Sideshow attractions? Deadly carnival rides? Seriously, prepare yourselves because clowns may be involved.

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We know Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson are involved in the new season, but that's about it. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy previously teased to The Hollywood Reporter that Lange "has always wanted to play a Marlene Dietrich figure, and now she gets to." And then there's what he told Entertainment Weekly: a 1950s setting and accents!  "If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there's some more clues in that year. It's a period piece," Murphy told EW. "We try and do the opposite of what we've done before. Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent so I'm very excited!"

As for Paulson, she told Vulture that she's working on "something." What exactly? Not an accent, but a "special skill. A very special skill." Fire breathing? Sword swallowing? It could be anything.

Request for confirmation was not immediately returned. American Horror Story will likely return in October 2014.

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