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"My Roanoke Nightmare" is a made-for-television documentary series inside the universe of American Horror Story ("a show within a show"), and is the framing premise behind season six, Roanoke. Within the timeline of the AHS universe, it aired for five episodes in the fall of 2015.

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.

"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 transpired around a former Shaker house located in North Carolina, and horrors experienced by the Miller family as the main topic. The show features interviews from witnesses Shelby Miller, her husband Matt, his sister Lee Harris, and others who detail events that are displayed by the show via a series of scripted reenactments performed by actors.

Testimonials

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:

With other details of events given by:

  • Rhett Snow (portrayed by Billy Snow)
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin (as herself)

Acting Cast

Sequel

Exploiting the wave of the show's success, Sidney Aaron James decided to produce a sequel, in the format of 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.