A district of northern Paris, named after the hill it sits upon. It has long been famous as an artistic area, favoured by the likes of Monet and Picasso. It is also the home of the infamous clubs Le Chat Noir and Moulin Rouge. At the top of the hill sits the stunning white dome of the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, built between 1876 and 1912. The site remains popular with artists and is a key tourist destination.
Kewpie dolls are toys based on the comic strip drawings by artist Rose O'Neill, which first appeared in 1909. The drawings are characterised by babyish facial features, which is probably what Rice is referring to here: the chilling image of a deadly woman, trapped behind the face and body of an innocent child.
Gulliver's Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift tells the story of Gulliver's many adventures. Perhaps the most famous of these is his voyage to Lilliput, a land populated by people approximately six inches high. Gulliver awakes on Lilliput to find that he has been taken prisoner by the Lilliputians, tied down by hundreds of tiny ropes.
Matthew and Peter were two of Jesus's twelve Disciples, the loyal followers who wrote the Gospels.