By Jacqueline Andriakos
Updated August 06, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT

A creepy rendition of “House of the Rising Sun” and an eerie white room of women facing the walls — this 18-second creep-out can only signal one thing: The first teaser of American Horror Story: Coven has arrived.

The FX miniseries has already taken viewers through a haunted house and an asylum, and the next stop on the horror bus is New Orleans. Zooming in on a major face-off between witches of Salem and voodoo practitioners, the third season will explore both present-day characters of the show and real historical figures of New Orleans back in the 1830s. Kathy Bates has joined the show as historical serial killer Marie Delphine LaLaurie, alongside other new stars, including Emma Roberts, and Gabourey Sidibe.

Although fans are left to wonder about most season 3 secrets, executive producer Tim Minear revealed at the TCAs the social direction taken in the upcoming new season: “I think some of the bigger themes this year is oppression of minorities of all kinds and within that idea, the idea of minority groups going after each other and doing the work for the larger culture. There’s a very strong feminist theme there, there’s also themes of race and themes of oppression and a very strong theme of family, specifically mothers and daughters.”

The third season of the FX horror drama is scheduled to premiere in October. Brave the spooky trailer, titled Detention, below:

Episode Recaps

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.

  • TV Show
  • 9
  • TV-MA
  • Ryan Murphy
  • FX
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