Riley Hall is based on Risley Residential College at Cornell University, and Oneida University is based on Cornell itself—not as they are now, but as I knew them briefly, in the early 1990s. The rest of the Oneida campus is fictitious, except for Garrett Hall, which is based on the Hall of Languages at Syracuse University.
A.C.H. Smith is the author of the novelization of the Labyrinth movie.
"Bewlay Brothers" is a track from David Bowie's album Hunky Dory (1971).
"The Labors of the Months and the Signs of the Zodiac" is the title of the doctoral dissertation by the indomitable MH. My apologies for filching!
The fairies I used in this story are based on the fairies from the Torchwood episode "Small Worlds."
Danny Foster is the name of a character played by Matt Smith in the BBC series Party Animals. (Matt, of course, is now playing the Doctor on Doctor Who).
"Picasso's blue period" was inspired by a discussion of Halloween costumes on Miss Conduct's Mind Over Manners, one of my favorite blogs.
Aranea's spiders are based on the golden orb-weavers of Madagascar, though with a different appearance. The tawny color and stripes I based on a spider I once saw in my house.
Jareth's claws were an idea I got from the Return to Labyrinth manga series, where he is shown as having very long fingernails.
The crypt in the Palace of Aranea is based on the crypts beneath the Capuchin monastery in Palermo, Sicily, where mummified bodies are kept. There was a fascinating article on the mummies of Sicily in the February 2009 issue of National Geographic.
The idea of a rift in time is borrowed heavily from Doctor Who—the "asteroid" that struck Aranea is a small chunk of the now-destroyed planet Gallifrey. Note the Seal of Rassilon embedded in the stone.
The idea that Toby was bait to get Sarah into the Labyrinth was also taken from the manga, though I had suspected this motivation since I first saw the movie in 1986.
"Feast or Phantom" is a costume idea that I gleaned from conversation with LR. She'll never know!
Pontifrex Mynoskyrka is a character borrowed (again) from Return to Labyrinth.
Aro, Jane, and Alec are all characters taken from Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. For readers who wondered about this in their reviews: I'm the queen of oddball crossovers. See the plot descriptions of my other fics!
The history of the Pendle witches is real, and fascinating!