why are you called “beyond cataclysm”?

Ever read The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham? Bit of a classic. There’s a quote from it that goes like this:

“It must be, I thought, one of the race’s most persistent and comforting hallucinations to trust that “it can’t happen here” — that one’s own time and place is beyond cataclysm.”

We just love that quote. It sparks lots of thoughts, like personal character growth. Sci-fi with terrible aliens! Exploring the idea of ‘comfort’? There’s lots to play with there.

Plus, we think it sounds pretty cool on its own.


is it beyond cataclysm or Beyond Cataclysm? you seem to use both?

Exciting, isn’t it!


what are you looking for in a submission?

Aha, that’s a good question. Which, given that I asked it, is a bit self congratulatory. Sorry about that.

We are looking for interesting ideas, executed with passion.

Does your book/story/idea fit with that description? We’d love to hear from you.


can you print my book?

Maybe. Possibly. We like to, certainly, if it’s good, and we share the same ethics. Why don’t you drop us a message and we can chat about it?


what do you mean ‘share the same ethics’?

We are big believers in inclusivity – be that in terms of skin colour, economic privilege, gender & sexuality, addiction, the list goes on… We are also keen about our environmental responsibility, with a broad aim for carbon neutrality. Finally, and most important of all, we want to be nice to one other.

We don’t need to be prescriptive about all the above, but we also need to work with people who we can get behind one hundred percent.


what are you looking for in an author?

Beyond character, we want people with drive and passion. We are a tiny little publishing house. Tiny. So our resources of time, money and energy are limited. We will absolutely expect authors to be much more invested in publicising and fund-raising for their projects than we possibly can be.

Beyond Cataclysm will be helping you to achieve your idea – not doing it for you. Our goal is a supportive creative partnership. Plus an opportunity to eat pizza, if we can manage that.


what type of pizza?

Chris: I’d love to say vegan pizza, but #mozzarellaislife, so for me it would be an Italian base with cheese, then mushroom, pineapple and jalapeños as toppings. Yes, I said pineapple.

Sarah: It’s 100% vegan pizza from me, over here, none of that cow’s milk nonsense. I’d take a proper Napoli-style stonebaked number with pine nuts, fresh basil and an oregano-loaded homemade sauce.

Dave: I’m a carcass cruncher so naturally pepperoni is my favourite pizza. I’d love the chance to eat at Unos in Chicago again, their deep-dish is amazing and ‘done properly’ with the sauce on top of the cheese and pepperoni.


is there anything you won’t print?

Sarah: I wouldn’t print anything that I wouldn’t personally enjoy reading, or anything that diverged too widely from my own ethics. Sexism, racism, classism, homophobia and transphobia doesn’t deserve the ink.

Chris: Something that I personally find offensive would get a hard no. Myself and Sarah have a few areas where we share different views – she has a cat, for example – so there are perhaps some variations on the work we might each get involved with, but her list stands for me too.

Dave: Sarah has said it – nothing that promotes hatred and fear, there is far too much of that in the world. I want to be part of projects that encourage understanding and hope. Nothing about ABBA though…


you haven’t answered my question here…

We like getting questions! Send us a message through the contact form and we will get back to you. Unless its about grindcore/not about grindcore (delete as appropriate).