'I prepare for the noble war. I'm calm, I know the secret. I know what's coming and I know no one can stop me, not even myself. I kill people I like. Some of them beg for their life. I don't feel sad. I don't feel anything. It's a filthy world we live in, its a filthy goddamn world and, honestly, I feel like I'm helping to take them away from the shit and the piss and the vomit that run through the streets. I'm helping to take them to somewhere clean. There's something about all that blood man I drown it.'
Let’s talk about Twisty. To me, he’s a cross between It’s Pennywise and Captain Spaulding from The Devil’s Rejects. I suppose all clowns look creepily alike—again, sorry, clowns—but were any of them an influence?
Well, no, because we wanted nobody to identify with him. The premise is that he has been wearing the same costume since the late ’30s. Something happens down the line that will explain why, but he never changes. And then Ryan’s like, “Oh, let’s say he lost one of the pom-poms and put something weird there.” So that’s why he’s got one yellow one in the middle.
A lot of the costumes are born out of necessity and nostalgia. It comes down to what’s available in the fabric, since we need to make multiple costumes for stunt doubles and dummies. Also, it’s very hot in New Orleans, so for the clown, it needed to be two pieces. He needed to be able to take the jacket off between takes. We learned our lesson last season onCoven. Everybody was so uncomfortable.
An example and detail of beetlewing embroidery made in the 1880s in the Hobart School for Mussulman Girls in Madras, India. The design is stitched in gold thread on black muslin net. The wing cases are from Jewel Beetles which shed them naturally as part of their life cycle. Clothing and accessories containing beetlewing embroidery became extremely fashionable during the Victorian period.
Asa Smith. Celestial Illustrations from Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy. 1851.
Wood engravings with hand highlighting, written by the principal of Public School No. 12 in New York City with the goal “to present all the distinguishing principles in physical Astronomy with as few words as possible”.