The Cleansing (novel)

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The Cleansing
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Dust-jacket illustration by Tony Patrick for The Cleansing
Author John D. Harvey
Cover artist Tony Patrick
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror novel
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 319 pp
ISBN 0-87054-181-1
OCLC 50758121
813/.5 22
LC Class PS3608.A789 C58 2002

The Cleansing is a horror novel by author John D. Harvey. It was released in 2002 by Arkham House in an edition of approximately 2,500 copies.

Plot summary[edit]

The book tells the story of an American Indian wolf god, Wanata, who comes to earth to hold humanity accountable for its abuse of nature. In Alaska, freelance journalist Savannah Channing investigates the story of a rampaging wolf pack that is systematically destroying villages. She arrives to find that the problem is worse than she expected and that the military and a brutal bounty hunter have been employed. Wanata is changed into mortal human form by an Indian Shaman's magic and is forced to interact with those he was sent to punish. The paths of Wanata and Channing cross in a spine-chilling conclusion.


  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 147. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.