Steve Walsh: Butterfly Assassins

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Butterfly Assassins. I’m sharing an extract with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the tour and to the author for my copy of the extract.


When a Brimstone butterfly flaps its wings and a chain of events culminates in a car accident and a young girl’s admission to an intensive care ward, random chance plays no part in Wilson also being admitted to the same ward. Lost in the limbo land of the unconscious, his liberation comes from an unlikely source. Butterfly Assassins is the sequel to Wilson indeed! The WiFi of Dreams Book One.


Daisy was reading a new book titled ‘Why We Dream’ written by the science journalist Alice Robb. With a pencil she was underlining the extracts she intended to read to Wilson as soon as he was able to stay awake for more than ten minutes. 

‘To the Mekeo of Papua New Guinea, the dream is an actual experience, not indistinguishable from waking reality.’

‘For the Mekeo, the dream represents the night-time action of the soul, which is liberated from the body in sleep.’ 

Wilson was propped up on pillows in his hospital bed and his upper body rose and fell almost imperceptibly with short, shallow breaths as he drifted in and out of sleep. For ten days his metabolism had been working overtime to recharge batteries and reboot systems and seven kilos of body weight had been consumed in the process. His skin had the semi-translucent, waxy quality of greaseproof paper and the contours of his jaw and cheekbones were sharply defined. 

The previous day, the hospital hairdresser had cut Wilson’s hair in the rough crop style he liked. Afterwards, though Daisy fought to block the unwanted and inappropriate visual simile from her mind, Wilson’s emaciated body, in striped pyjamas a size too big, brought to mind an image of the holocaust.


Butterfly Assassins is available from Amazon.

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