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Welcome to the "Freak Show."

The stars of "American Horror Story" are back and freakier than ever, thanks to a new season revolving around carnival sideshow acts like the bearded lady and the lobster-hand boy. 

The fourth iteration of the increasingly popular and amazingly bizarre FX franchise sees the return of favorites like Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Denis O'Hare and Emma Roberts -- along with newcomers like Michael Chiklis and Wes Bentley from "American Beauty."

And Bassett and Paulson both have a little something extra to offer this year.

Angela will play Desiree Dupree, a woman with three-breasts who works at Jessica Lange's character's carnival of curiosities ... while Sarah has the tricky task of playing conjoined twins Bette and Dot.

FX just released the first batch of character photos, showing how much all the stars will be transforming for their roles when the show premieres October 8.

Check out the marvelous makeovers in the gallery above!

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