Lady Gaga Is a Bloody (Fame) Monster on New ‘EW’ Cover

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CREDIT: Michael Avedon for EW
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It’s like it’s 2009 again.

Lady Gaga, who during her meteoric rise to fame became known for her outlandish fashion sense and occasionally violent take on pop (especially during The Fame Monster era), covers the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, which offers a “first look” at the new season of American Horror Story. After a year of a toned-down Gaga singing jazz standards and medleys from The Sound of Music, it’s almost shocking to see her, once again, covered in blood, a beclawed fingertip resting on her lip, and a dead look in her eye.

In the issue, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy talks a little bit about the new season, subtitled Hotel, and how Gaga came to be involved:

“I was at a construction site and my phone rang,” he recalls. “I didn’t recognize the number. [I answer and] I hear ‘Please hold for Gaga.’ I think ‘Bad Romance’ was playing [while I was on hold],” he adds with a laugh. “Then she got on the phone. At first I thought it was a prank, but we then had a lovely call.”

For her part, Gaga says she’s a huge fan of American Horror Story (and that Freakshow was her favorite season of the series so far) and confirms Murphy’s phone call story (minus the part about “Bad Romance” being her hold music). She also speaks about returning to her monster roots and to the gothic appeal that helped make her famous:

“I’ve just been weeping while I’m here because I have returned to something I’ve believed in so much, which is the art of darkness,” says the singer. “It’s not something that everyone understands, but, for the people that do — Horror Story fans, my fans — there is a true connection between us, and it’s a language within itself.”

Here is the cover in its fully bloody glory:

CREDIT: Michael Avedon for EW

Gaga also tweeted another photo from the shoot:

And another one featuring an intimate moment with Matt Bomer:

We already know a fair amount about American Horror Story: Hotel. The cast is vast and impressive. Gaga’s character, The Countess, will own the titular hotel. Expect a love triangle, a showdown, a featureless monster man, and much, much more. Murphy elaborates a bit about Gaga’s role in the new EW interview:

In present day, though, the Cortez is acquired by Gaga’s Countess, a glamorous socialite who attends art openings and fashion shows and maintains her looks not from a steady diet of kale but from imbibing human blood. Murphy doesn’t like to call it vampirism. “I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus,’ ” Murphy says of her affliction. “It’s really a form of hemophilia, in a way.” The Countess is also insatiable when it comes to love and sex, which sets up a macabre love triangle between her, the similarly blood-hungry Donovan (Matt Bomer) and the newly turned male model Tristan (Finn Wittrock).

The new issue of EW hits news stands Friday, and American Horror Story: Hotel begins airing October 7 on FX.