“Lewis has put together an anthology that celebrates our affection for horror fiction, at moments feeling almost nostalgic, but one which at the same time unerringly brings home to the reader that real horror is not to be found between the covers of a book.” - Black Static
"It’s the most powerful, most heart-rending, and yet most terrifying story I’ve ever read. Quite brilliant. Read it and weep. I certainly did anyway.” - a paying reader's public statement about one of the stories.
"By choosing the stories wisely, DF Lewis has created with the ‘HA of HA’ a collection that, again unusually for an anthology, successfully maintains the tension throughout, encouraging the reader to keep reading, story after story. I personally found this quite satisfying, as I willed myself to venture further and further into the book, feeling as if, with each story, I was drawn deeper into some mysterious, macabre world – slowly enveloped by the eerie atmosphere created by Lewis’ choices." -- Odiousghost
Infused with genuine resonance
“I very much enjoyed “The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies”. Infused with a genuine resonance, the book treats us to a gamut of chills, sprinkled with intelligent humour. The tales are thoughtfully layered, and I was also pleased to discover that that title concept wasn’t restrictive or the cause of any deja-vu: these writers think outside the box. I also felt a strong theme of loss. Several of the stories contain bittersweet visits to the past, grief or an aura of yearning that lends a more sobering atmosphere than the Nemonymous series: chills and melancholy often replacing the whimsy.
While there’s possibly something for everyone, this book will have very special appeal for the anthology-devouring genre bookworm.”
“…a pitch perfect conclusion to this skillfully assembled anthology of horror stories. A sentence on the volume’s last page underneath another of Tony Lovell’s effective black and white images very appropriately reads: ‘A treebook beats an ebook, by dint of ditch or haha.’”
What really stands out as I read these reviews, though, is the high praise for the anthology as a whole.
—Ha of Ha author on his personal blog
For horror fans who enjoy fiction about fiction, the new anthology from editor and author D. F. Lewis is a rare treat.
–The Stars at Noonday
D.F. Lewis is to be congratulated for continually pushing the genre in new directions and in seeking out material from some lesser known but very talented writers. ‘The Horror Anthology Of Horror Anthologies’ is an excellent collection and highly recommended.
– The Black Abyss
And can I just say that I have recently finished reading this anthology and found it to be a veritable candy box of horror anthology themed delicacies. The originality of some of the stories was just dazzling.
– a reader
Although I have attempted to categorise the stories in this volume for the purposes of this review, but I should reiterate the the editor has done no such thing, rather through the effectively random sequence and lack of introduction letter each story speak for itself. To take this as a lack of editorial oversight would be an error, however, since this is a carefully crafted anthology as memorable as any of the fictional anthologies in the stories within, and the influence of the inimitable D.F. Lewis is clearly recognizable. I would not be at all surprised if several stories in this volume were nominated or honorably mentioned in the year’s awards and anthologies. -- Future Fire