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Hollywood's 20 Masters of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most Hell

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    Ryan Murphy
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    The "Coven" King

    Murphy is no stranger to gore. His plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck was groundbreaking in its gruesomeness. But with FX's American Horror Story, he has upped the ante. Coven, the third season in the anthology series (set to bow Oct. 9), boasts a triumvirate of veteran actresses including star Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett (who plays Marie Laveau, the so-called voodoo queen of New Orleans) and Kathy Bates (who plays a serial killer).

    "She's incredibly sadistic and takes joy in giving others pain," says Bates of her character. Both actresses were fans of the show before Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk cast them. Bassett binge-watched the first two seasons: "I had to watch them during daylight hours with a friend."

    Read THR's Q&A with Ryan Murphy here

    Read THR's complete Masters of Horror list here.

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