"My Roanoke Nightmare" is a made-for-television documentary series inside the universe of American Horror Story ("a show within a show"). It is the framing premise behind season six, Roanoke.

Some disclaimers such as "Based on actual events" blur this line.

Due to the success of the show, a sequel series was created titled "Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell."

The Documentary

My Roanoke Nightmare was the television success story of 2015. With minimal promotion, the show garnered 23 million viewers by its finale, topping that week's airing of Sunday night football, Empire, and The Walking Dead. Eager to capitalize on the success, the network asked the producer to create a follow-up series.
— disclaimer that celebrates the success of the series

"My Roanoke Nightmare" is a documentary series created and produced by Sidney Aaron James in collaboration with Diana Cross. The documentary aims to tell the dreadful events that have transpired around a former Shaker house located in North Carolina, with the horrors experienced by the Miller family as the main topic. The show consists of interviews with Shelby, Matt and Lee Miller as witnesses, as well as others involved, who detail events that are displayed by the show via a series of scripted reenactments performed by actors.


The survivors of the events give their take on the story, while different actors portray them as reenactments. The "real" cast (otherwise known as the "actual people" in the American Horror Story universe) go as follows:

Acting Cast

Exploiting the wave of the show's success, Sidney decides to produce a reality show entitled "Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell", grouping both the witnesses and the actors who impersonated them in the Roanoke House during the October Blood Moon. The result is more bloody than expected.

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