By James Hibberd
Updated October 31, 2011 at 05:55 PM EDT
Credit: FX (the happiest pic of the show we could find)

Boo! American Horror Story will return for a second season.

This is one of the fastest pickups in the history of the network, which tends to wait until at least the fifth episode airs before renewing a show. But given the show’s ratings and, just as important, the rating growth the past couple weeks, and — hey, it’s also freakin’ Halloween — this was an easy decision.

By announcing today, FX is also able to promote its four-episode Halloween marathon of the show that begins tonight — so those how haven’t seen AHS can get caught up.

“It’s one thing to have the ambition and guts to reinvent a genre in a way that makes it captivatingly fresh for a broad audience — it’s something else entirely to have the craft to back that ambition up,” said FX president John Landgraf. “Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have hit the trifecta with Nip/Tuck, Glee and now American Horror Story, which will be scaring FX’s viewers to death for many years to come.”

Including DVR playback, AHS is averaging 4.2 million viewers per episode, including a strong 2.9 million in the adult demo. That’s nearly the highest-rated first year series ever for the network. The second season, like the first, will have 13 episodes.

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American Horror Story

An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a haunted house, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, and a hotel.

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