We’re just a couple days away from the release of the highly-anticipated It remake, and already we’re being inundated with good early reviews. Most recently, the movie has received praise from another important source: the author of the original book.

In a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting, Stephen King was quick to heap praises on the movie, stating:

“I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was. It’s something that’s different, and at the same time, it’s something that audiences are gonna relate to. They’re gonna like the characters. To me, it’s all about character. If you like the characters… if you care… the scares generally work… I’m sure my fans will enjoy the movie. I think they’re gonna really enjoy the movie. And I think some of them will go back two or three times and actually savor the thing. I went back and saw it a second time, and I felt I was seeing things the second time through that I missed the first time.”

However, the tangibility of this seal of quality is up for debate. King did, after all, also give The Dark Tower move a thumbs up and, very famously, preferred the 1997 TV adaptation of The Shinning over the 1980 Kubrick classic. Still, this is one more piece of praise for a movie that’s already coming in hot.