Our Top 12 Horror Story Editors

Perfecting Your Nightmarish Narrative, One Scream at a Time

Crafted for authors who dare to terrify, we fine-tune every word, ensuring your tales resonate with spine-chilling precision. Trust our experienced editors to transform your story into a haunting masterpiece that lingers long after the last page.

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1. ErrorProof

799 Client Reviews
27,901 Pages Edited

B.S. in Psychology from Rutgers University

Starting at $7.00 USD per page


2. EditorEnRoute

17 Client Reviews
528 Pages Edited

Copy Editor at Nella Media Group

Starting at $12.00 USD per page


3. YourProfessor

4,451 Client Reviews
239,751 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia

Starting at $8.95 USD per page


4. IowaWriter

471 Client Reviews
32,347 Pages Edited

B.A. in English Literature from Northern Illinois University

Starting at $5.95 USD per page


5. LexEditor

2,239 Client Reviews
53,356 Pages Edited

J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law

Starting at $11.00 USD per page


6. AcadConsult

1,320 Client Reviews
80,431 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island

Starting at $9.99 USD per page


7. maxedwards

973 Client Reviews
63,144 Pages Edited

B.S. in Print Journalism from Emerson College

Starting at $6.00 USD per page


8. shaysieg

77 Client Reviews
2,596 Pages Edited

M.F.A. in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College

Starting at $18.00 USD per page


9. LMAedit

214 Client Reviews
14,055 Pages Edited

Director of Communications at the Yale Center

Starting at $3.95 USD per page


10. WriteWatchman

4,661 Client Reviews
138,784 Pages Edited

Professor at Cincinnati State University

Starting at $8.95 USD per page


11. EditingExcellence

185 Client Reviews
4,482 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Music History from the University of Chicago

Starting at $4.95 USD per page


12. Paula_G

324 Pages Edited

B.S. in Communications from California State Polytechnic University

Starting at $3.50 USD per page

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What We Bring to the Table

ServiceScape is built on 23 years worth of experience, working on over 336,000 projects with over 96,000 clients. Join the thousands of people who have chosen ServiceScape to find the best and brightest talent.

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The ultimate destination for professional horror story editing

Horror writing is about more than crafting eerie stories—it calls for precision, pacing, and a lasting impression that captivates readers. Every chilling narrative, from ghostly encounters to nerve-wracking psychological thrillers, stands to benefit from meticulous editing. The essence of a memorable horror story isn't just its unsettling details or suspenseful turns but the mastery of its prose, the rhythm of its flow, and the haunting resonance of its climax.

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At ServiceScape, we're attuned to the unique nuances that define horror literature. Our dedicated team of horror story editors holds a deep understanding of the genre's intricacies, ensuring your story terrifies as much as it captivates. From maintaining atmospheric tension to highlighting the unsaid, lingering fears, our editors skillfully hone horror narratives, allowing your tale to realize its most chilling potential.

In a world overflowing with horror stories, what distinguishes one is its meticulously crafted execution and profound darkness. Whether your manuscript explores supernatural realms, dissects bone-chilling mysteries, or delves into the human psyche's murkiest corners, our editors stand ready to elevate it to spine-tingling perfection. Experience the unparalleled craft of ServiceScape's horror story editing, and brace yourself for an immersion into exquisitely refined terror.

The anatomy of horror editing

Editing a horror story

Editing horror stories demand not only an understanding of traditional storytelling elements but also an innate sense for the eerie, unsettling, and terrifying. This genre thrives on capturing the essence of fear, suspense, and the unknown. Perfecting a horror narrative is a meticulous endeavor, one that requires a particular set of skills and an acute sensitivity to the genre's dark and delicate nuances.

At ServiceScape, our approach to horror story editing delves deeper than just surface-level corrections. We aim to understand and amplify the very soul of your narrative, ensuring each sentence, each word, evokes the intended spine-tingling response in readers. Our editors are experts in what makes a horror story work, making sure your tale stands out from the rest.

Here's a glimpse into what our horror editors focus on:

  • Atmospheric Consistency: Ensuring the mood and tone remain hauntingly consistent throughout.
  • Character Development: Intensifying the emotional depth and relatability of characters, making their fears palpably real to readers.
  • Plot Analysis: Strengthening suspenseful sequences, ensuring a gripping buildup and satisfying climax.
  • Pacing and Rhythm: Fine-tuning the narrative pace to maximize tension and keep readers on the edge of their seats.
  • Subtext and Symbolism: Enhancing the underlying themes and motifs, adding layers of depth and meaning.
  • Dialogue Refinement: Ensuring dialogues add to the mood, revealing character fears, secrets, and intentions.
  • Descriptive Enhancement: Amplifying the sensory details, making the horror visceral and tangible.
  • Genre Conventions: Respectfully acknowledging genre tropes while finding unique angles and twists.
  • Narrative Voice: Honing a consistent and haunting narrative voice that resonates with the story's mood.
  • Book vs. Short Story Pacing: Tailoring the tension and release dynamics to fit the scope of novels versus the compact, immediate intensity of short stories, ensuring each format maintains its unique rhythm and evokes the desired emotional response.
  • Grammar and Mechanics: Beyond the story itself, ensuring the manuscript is free from distracting errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Entrust your horror story to ServiceScape, and let us dissect, refine, and reconstruct its anatomy to achieve haunting perfection. Every shadow, every whisper, every lurking fear will be sharpened, ready to enthrall readers with its chilling allure.

Horror subgenres we specialize in

At ServiceScape, we understand that every horror subgenre has its distinct nuances and requirements, and our editors are well-equipped to handle each with the reverence and precision it deserves. Below is a comprehensive list of horror subgenres that our team expertly edits:

  • Body Horror: Delving into the grotesque alterations and mutations of the human form, evoking terror from physical transformation.
  • Comedy: Skillfully blending elements of humor with horror to craft tales that entertain while they terrify.
  • Creepy Kids: Navigating the unsettling and unpredictable world of children possessing malevolent or supernatural traits.
  • Extreme Horror: Tackling the raw and graphic depictions of terror, not for the faint of heart.
  • Gothic: Enhancing the atmospheric, brooding settings and ancient evils that characterize these haunting tales.
  • Hauntings: Unraveling ghostly apparitions and spirits that linger beyond death, tethered to places or people.
  • Historical: Combining accurate historical settings with horrifying elements, creating a chilling blend of past and supernatural.
  • Lovecraftian: Immersing in the cosmic dread and incomprehensible entities inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
  • Man-Made: Amplifying the terror borne from humanity's creations, whether they be scientific experiments or technological terrors.
  • Monsters: Crafting tales of beasts, creatures, and otherworldly entities that terrify and prey upon humanity.
  • Mythic: Interweaving ancient legends, folklore, and myths with modern horror sensibilities.
  • Occult: Delving into the dark arts, witchcraft, and arcane rituals that summon or combat evil entities.
  • Psychic Abilities: Exploring the terrifying potential of the human mind, from telekinesis to clairvoyance.
  • Psychological: Intensifying the internal terrors, mind games, and emotional traumas that unsettle from within.
  • Quiet Horror: Enhancing the subtle, slow-building terror that lurks in the shadows, focusing on atmosphere over shock.
  • Young Adult: Tailoring terror for a younger audience, blending coming-of-age themes with horror elements.

No matter the subgenre, ServiceScape ensures that every horror story resonates with its intended audience, evoking the desired spine-chilling response. Whatever your horror niche, trust in our expertise to elevate it to its most terrifying potential.

Open and easy communication

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At ServiceScape, we believe that the foundation of exceptional editing lies in the relationship between the editor and the author. Communication is paramount, and we've made it a priority to ensure open, transparent, and constructive channels for dialogue at every stage of the editing process. Our editors delve deep into each author's nightmarish vision, understanding the chilling inspirations and the eerie moods, to curate a tailored editing approach that not only resonates with the author's haunting voice but enhances its spine-chilling potential.

ServiceScape editors employ a collaborative approach, ensuring that you, the author, are always in the loop. Whether it's seeking clarity on a particular narrative choice, discussing potential revisions, or brainstorming solutions to weave a tighter web of suspense, our editors are always just a message or a teleconference call away. With ServiceScape, it's not just about making corrections—it's about partnering with you to refine and polish your manuscript, ensuring the final product is something both parties are proud of.

Furthermore, our editors are open to questions, concerns, and suggestions from authors, fostering a mutual learning environment. After all, every project is a journey of collaboration, and we are here to guide, assist, and celebrate each milestone with you. Together, ServiceScape editors and horror authors weave narratives that not only make hearts race but also linger menacingly, long after the final word has been read.

Let us dissect your manuscript today

In the realm of horror literature, there's an unparalleled thrill in crafting stories that send shivers down spines, make hearts race, and evoke an overwhelming sense of dread. However, even the most seasoned horror authors recognize that to truly make a narrative stand out, it requires an expert touch—a meticulous hand that can navigate its dark corridors, refining and enhancing every shadow and whisper. ServiceScape is your beacon in this nocturnal journey, illuminating the path to chilling perfection with its premium horror editing services.

Our dedicated team of editors possesses not only a profound understanding of the genre but also a passion for the macabre. We believe that each horror story holds the potential to be a masterpiece, echoing in the minds of its readers. As you delve deeper into your darkest imaginings, know that ServiceScape is by your side, ready to polish and perfect your narrative, ensuring it resonates with the haunting allure it truly deserves. So, with us, embrace the darkness and let your story shine in its eeriest light.

Frequently asked questions

How do I hire an editor?

You can hire an editor in just four steps:

  1. Browse our directory to find the editor you want to hire.
  2. Click the "View Profile" button to see additional information.
  3. From the profile page, click on the "Hire Me" button.
  4. Upload your writing and enter your project details.

You will have the option to either select a predefined service or create a custom project. If you select a predefined service, you can pay for your project immediately by using a credit card, U.S. bank transfer, or PayPal®. After your payment method has been approved, the editor will start working on the project as soon as possible and will deliver it by the due date you selected. If you select a custom project, the editor will provide you with a service proposal that will have a unique price for the unique service you require.

Can I have a free sample?

Sure! Many ServiceScape editors provide free samples. You can submit a free sample request by doing the following:

  1. Browse our directory to find an editor you'd like to ask for a free sample.
  2. Click the "View Profile" button to see additional information.
  3. From the profile page, click on the "Free Sample" button.
  4. Upload your writing and enter your project details.

If the editor accepts your free sample request, you will receive the sample edited version within a couple of days.

How do I contact an editor?

To contact an editor about your project, just do the following:

  1. Browse our directory to find the editor you'd like to contact.
  2. Click the "View Profile" button to see additional information.
  3. From the profile page, click on the "Send Message" button.
  4. Write and send your message.

We will email you a notification as soon as your editor replies to your message.

How do I set up a teleconference with an editor?

If you would like to speak with an editor directly, just do the following:

  1. Browse our directory to find an editor you'd like to speak with on a teleconference call.
  2. Click the "View Profile" button to see additional information.
  3. From the profile page, click on the "Teleconference" button.
  4. Enter the date and time you would like to have your discussion.

We will contact you right away about availability and set up the teleconference for all parties involved.

Where can I find ratings and reviews for editors?

You can find ratings and reviews from past clients within most editor profiles. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button to see them. You can also read ServiceScape ratings and reviews on eKomi. In addition, ServiceScape has been featured in several publications and websites, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, UpWork, HuffPost, Indeed, and The Ladders.

Can I see examples of work the editors have done in the past?

Many editors have portfolios which feature their editing. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button to view these edited versions.

Where can I find price and due date information?

A list of prices and due dates can be found within each editor's profile. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button.

Do you provide editing certifications?

Yes, we provide editing certifications. Simply request the document when you hire an editor. When your project is delivered, you can download the editing certification by clicking on your project and clicking on the "Certification" button. These signed declarations certify that a document has been professionally edited by a ServiceScape editor.

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