Several of the characters from Out of the Shadows have kindly agreed to fill out a short character questionnaire. Here are their answers:
Name: Sachi Manning
Date of Birth: December 12, 1998 Melbourne, Australia
Date of Death: Which one?
Height: Fun-sized! Otherwise known as five foot nothing.
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Brown—booorrrriiinnngggg
Occupation: Waitress at the Riverside Tavern—you want the best coffee in Melbourne? That’s where you need to go!
Nicknames: Shorty, Short Stuff etcetera—all very original as you can see.
Best Friend: Gabe. I don’t care if he’s been turned into a soul-sucking monster, he’s still my best friend. I mean, would you abandon your best friend just because his favourite snack is no longer a McDonald’s Big Mac? I didn’t think so!
Favourite Quote: ‘Do or do not, there is no try’ – Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Theme song: Definitely Shake it Out by Florence and the Machine—it’s my ringtone.
*Author’s note: The Riverside Tavern doesn’t actually exist—don’t go there looking for coffee
Name: Julian Hawthorne
Date of Birth: January 24, 1856 Herefordshire, England
Date of Death: October 11, 1876 London, England
Hair Colour: Dark blonde
Eye Colour: Grey
Occupation: Reaper for The Order of Dark and Light, Tracker Tier
Nicknames: Moss calls me Jules—presumably because he knows I don’t like it.
Best Friend: Moss, although he’s more like a brother than a friend.
Favourite Quote: ‘Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall’ – Measure for Measure
Theme song: Well, I prefer classical music but Ashlee assigned me Demons by Imagine Dragons. Moss played it for me and now I feel as though Ashlee doesn’t care for me all that much. Although, perhaps given the amount of physical abuse I was made to endure during the first book that should have been obvious.
Name: Thomas Griffin
Date of Birth: July 1, 1857 Manhattan, New York
Date of Death: October 12,1876 Manhattan, New York
Hair Colour: Dark brown
Eye Colour: Green
Occupation: Praetor—the most elite of all The Order’s Reapers. Of course.
Nicknames: Tell me, do I look like the kind of person who would have a nickname?
Best Friend: Any kind of attachment, such as friendship is just another weakness for an enemy to exploit.
Favourite Quote: ‘Even Death has a heart’ – The Book Thief
Theme song: Apparently it is Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional. Read into that what you will.
Name: Mirela Pankova
Date of Birth: May 5, 1742 Rural Russia
Date of Death: August 18, 1764 Paris, France
Hair Colour: Chestnut brown
Eye Colour: Brown
Occupation: I suppose you could call me ‘self-employed’
Nicknames: Mira is a nickname of sorts.
Best Friend: I left all my friends behind when I ran from The Order. Everyone except Maxx…
Favourite Quote: ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself’ – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Theme song: First by Cold War Kids
Name: Moss. Yep, just the one name–like Cher. Or Jesus.
Date of Birth: February 4, 1973 Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Death: February 8, 1994 Lake Tahoe, California
Height: Right on six foot
Hair Colour: Got some kick-ass blonde dreads happenin’
Eye Colour: Blue
Occupation: One of the best Trackers in The Order
Nicknames: Moss is a nickname—I could tell you my real name but then I’d have to kill you. No, seriously—no one’s ever getting that outta me.
Best Friend: Jules
Favourite Quote: ‘You win or you die’ – Game of Thrones
Theme song: It’s All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers, which is totally awesome, just like me.
Name: Flynn Jacobsen
Date of Birth: May 4, 1995 Richmond, Virginia
Date of Death: Well, despite what they’ve said on the TV I’m not actually dead.
Height: A bit under six foot—not even an inch. A centimetre maybe. Let’s just say six foot, hmm?
Hair Colour: It’s kinda a sandy blondy brown
Eye Colour: Blue
Occupation: That’s classified
Nicknames: I can’t imagine any nicknames from my former life would be relevant now
Best Friend: All my friends think I’m dead. Thanks for bringing that up again
Favourite Quote: ‘Yippee ki yay, mother f***er’ – Die Hard. Wait…am I allowed to say f***?
Theme song: Who the hell has their own theme song?…
…O-kay, apparently I do. It’s Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. Is it just me or are all these theme songs ridiculously dramatic?
Name: Gabriel Langford
Date of Birth: September 4th, 1998 Melbourne, Australia
Date of Death: December 7th, 2016 Melbourne, Australia
Hair Colour: Like a browny red? Sachi would probably say ‘tawny’
Eye Colour: Blue
Occupation: …that’s kind of supposed to be on the down low—don’t think I should really be spreading it around…
Nicknames: I used to get ‘Stretch’ at school…guess that’s done and dusted now.
Best Friend: Sachi
Favourite Quote: ‘Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk’ — Iron Man
Theme Song: Disarm by The Smashing Pumpkins…
…wow? Seriously? Could she have picked a more depressing song? Not exactly feeling great about what might be coming in future books…
Name: Beezlebub (and yes, that is spelled correctly)
Date of Birth: I’d really rather not say, and you know it’s not polite to ask those sorts of questions!
Date of Death: Still alive and kicking
Height: 6 feet
Hair Colour: White
Eye Colour: Violet (and dazzling)
Occupation: I’m a prince. I do princely things. And such…
Nicknames: The Infernal Prince, The Lord of the Flies, The Prince of Demons, The Infirm Prince (if they think I don’t know they call me that they’re WRONG!)…my favourite is a recently acquired one—‘B’
Best Friend: Oh, but how could I choose just one? Imagine the wars that could break out over the perceived rejection. No, I just couldn’t.
Favourite Quote: ‘There’s only one thing to do at a moment like this: strut!’ — Beezlebub (used with permission by Matt Groening)
Theme Song: Nice Dream by Radiohead…
WHAT?! Radiohead? No, I specifically requested ABBA! Who’s selecting these songs, anyway?