Matt and Ross Duffer, creators of Netflix's Stranger Things, have been fans of Stephen King since they were young. The show is partially inspired by King's writing style.
They didn't say who reached out first, but the Duffer brothers told the Hollywood Reporter they now keep a regular email correspondence with King:
It still blows my mind because growing up he was such an inspiration — he’s like a god to us, and so, it’s been surreal just communicating with him at all.
We spend a lot of time and make sure the grammar is right. We ran the first email by our writers just to make sure it was good, like, we were very, very particular about it.
I'm watching the 1st ep of Stranger Things and there's this Stephen King vibe that you can't deny. And I kinda like it so far.— red dragon️ 🎃️🀄️ (@_gabi_clayton_) September 22, 2017
Is like this: A're we using a semicolon properly in this email?' And then he probably writes his email back to us in about five seconds, but he’s very, very sweet. He’s a very sweet guy.