Grim, strange, kinky, brutal.
It's immediately quite different from Season 1 in tone, though it continues to shuffle iconic horror tropes in interesting ways.
Ghost hunters in a contemporary haunted house get more scares than they bargained for, and then we flash back to a fifties with a much more horrific alien abduction than the Betty and Barney Hill case it channels, with a bit of role reversal.
Then there's the '50s mental institution run by a typically stern but unconventionally complicated nun portrayed by returning Jessica Lang, and the ante is upped by James Cromwell as a twisted mad scientist type. Whew, lots of carnage and strangeness and a nasty edge.
I don't always find American Horror Story completely satisfying, but I'm always intrigued by what it does and how it does what it does.
I'll stick around for more.