Netflix’s Stranger Things is an unabashed homage to the early work of such genre icons as Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, and the latter is now unabashedly declaring his love for the Duffer Brothers-created series on Twitter:

From its Richard Greenberg-esque title design to references to King bestsellers like Carrie, Firestarter and Stand By Me (adapted from King’s short story “The Body”), Stranger Things functions as an open love letter to the author’s work but also stands on its own as a deeply-felt original creation that transcends its many ‘80s inspirations. It must be incredibly gratifying for the Duffers to know the series has resonated with one of their heroes.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.