PUBLICATIONS

Matthew is an award-winning bestselling author of nonfiction. He has published numerous books, volume chapters, and journal articles with half a dozen international publishing companies. His recent works have earned multiple writing awards and recognitions including a 2020 NFAA GOLD AWARD (Nonfiction Authors Association), a 2020 BIBA BEST INDIE BOOK AWARD (Nonfiction), a 2020 LITERARY TITAN SILVER AWARD, and a nomination for the 2021 ARSC AWARD (Association for Recorded Sound Collections), as well as AMAZON BEST SELLER book rankings in both Kindle and Paperback formats (including Top 10, Top 30, Top 50, and Top 100 category rankings). His writings offer readers educational and entertaining approaches to fascinating topics such as DISNEY, COMIC BOOKS, MOVIES, BROADWAY, FAIRY TALES, JAZZ, HORROR, CLASSICAL MUSIC, and more!

BOOKS

Cool Cats and a Hot Mouse:

A History of Jazz and Disney

FOREWORD BY EMMY-NOMINATED COMPOSER DON DINICOLA 

This award-winning best-selling book details the fascinating true stories behind Disney's historic works with pioneering music artists -- sure to entertain and inspire both Disney fans and music lovers alike!

Exploring the Macabre, Malevolent, and Mysterious

CO-EDITED WITH DR. ELIZABETH KUSKO

This academic collection of scholars spanning diverse areas discuss cultural fascinations and impacts regarding horror-related subject matter, including monsters, zombies, witches, voodoo, serial killers, vampires, cemeteries, films, spiritualism, and much more!   

Gotham City Sounds:

The Music of Batman Villains

FOREWORD BY DC & MARVEL COMICS ARTIST JAY LEISTEN

Why should Batman's music get all the glory? This unique book shines a fascinating spotlight on Gotham City's infamous villains and the music that helps bring their twisted psychologies to life. COMING IN 2021!

BOOK CHAPTERS

The Psychosocial Implications of Disney Movies

EDITED BY LAUREN DUNDES

Is Disney guilty of westernizing 'world' music? Matthew Hodge's chapter explores the presence of musical westernization within Disney World -- with a specific focus on musical representations of 'world' music heard in EPCOT's nighttime entertainment.

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Media Fandom

EDITED BY ROBERT ANDREW DUNN

Does music help fans related to villains?

Matthew Hodge's chapter explores how the musical scores of on-screen Batman villains impact fan audiences. This chapter also serves as the inspiration for Matthew's latest upcoming book Gotham City Sounds

Aestheticization of Violence, Horror, and Power

EDITED BY NUR M. ERDEM et al.

Does theatre violence ever go too far?

Matthew Hodge's chapter dives into the responsibility of aesthetic ownership when executing theatrical imagery that may disturb or offend audiences -- using the controversial play The Pillowman as the prime case study.

"A Hero Will Endure": Essays at the Twentieth Anniversary of Gladiator

EDITED BY RACHEL L. CARZO

COMING 2021!

How much of a musical legacy can one film leave?

Matthew Hodge's chapter discusses the long-lasting impact of the famous musical score heard in the Academy-Award-winning film Gladiator and how its popularity helped solidify Hans Zimmer as one of Hollywood's most impactful composers.

Mythological Equines in Film

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EDITED BY RACHEL L. CARZO

COMING 2021!

Why is Beethoven connected to Pegasus?

Matthew Hodge and co-writer Azucena Trejo-Williams's chapter interprets Disney's intricate process of synchronizing Beethoven's famous Pastoral Symphony with animated visuals of the mythological Pegasus for the 1940 film Fantasia.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Read Matthew Hodge's articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

© 2021 by Matthew Hodge