Bilquis' assumed name is taken from the H. Rider Haggard novel She. In the novel, Ayesha is a powerful, immortal sorceress.
Thor is the Norse god of thunder, storms, oak trees, fertility and protection of humans.
The day of the week Thursday derives from his name. He is the son of Odin. so this part in the novel is especially poignant as Wednesday is recounting the tale of Thor's suicide.
The Thylacine is considered to be extinct, although occasional sightings have been reported in Tasmania. It was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times.
Edith Sitwell (September 1887-December 1964) was a British poet who endorsed innovative trends in English poetry. She was friends with Dylan Thomas and helped publish the posthumous work of Wilred Owen.