Limited Edition published 2008 | Tradepaperback published 2012
“This is a devastating novel, perhaps too powerful to be published in the United States. Jack Ketchum at his terrifying best!” — Stephen King
Mr. King wrote regarding the British edition of ONLY CHILD (aka Stranglehold). And, while he was wrong about its publishability in the United States, he was dead right about the rest.
Arthur Danse is one of Ketchum’s most dark and frightening creations. A user, a violent abuser and quite possibly much, much worse. And it falls to his wife Lydia to protect the life and sanity of both herself and her six-year-old son — their only child.
For both editions, Ketchum wrote a new Afterword.
“This extremely disturbing novel from Ketchum effectively examines the insidious effects of child abuse as it spreads from generation to generation.”
“ONLY CHILD is a delightfully disturbing novelâ€¦you’re in for one hell of a violent, twisting, turning, ride that will not only shake you up but may leave you a little queasy insideâ€¦I give this baby two claws up!”
— Zacherly’s Picks
“I have yet to encounter a single work of fiction by Jack Ketchum that in any way disappoints, and ONLY CHILD is no exception… (It) is one novel that you are certain to remember, and will continue to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. (It) makes an indelible impression upon readers, and is one novel that you simply will not wish to miss out upon, and receives my highest recommendation.”
“ONLY CHILD is, indeed, a devastating novel written by novelist known for his ability to push horrific literature into unprecedented realms working at the top of his game.”
— Creature Feature Tomb of Horror