There’s No Way I’d Die First

Now Available from Delacorte Press

There’s No Way I’d Die First is a spine-tingling contemporary horror novel that follows a scary-movie buff as she hosts an elaborate Halloween bash but soon finds the festivities upended when she and her guests are forced to test their survival skills in a deadly game, from debut author Lisa Springer.

Seventeen-year-old Noelle Layne knows horror. Every trope, every warning sign, every survival tactic. She even leads a successful movie club dedicated to the genre. Who better to throw the ultimate, most exclusive Halloween party on all of Long Island?

With some of the top influencers in her school on the guest list, including gorgeous singer-songwriter Archer Mitchell, her popularity is bound to spike. She could really use the social boost for an upcoming brand expansion. Nothing is going to ruin this party.

Except…maybe the low budget It clown she hired for a stirring round of tag. He axes one of her classmates. From the looks of his devilish grin and bag full of killer tricks, he’s just getting started.

A murderous clown is out for blood, but Noelle has been waiting her entire life to prove that she’s a Final Girl.


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Media Coverage

2/24: Book Riot, “Cover Reveal News This Week: February 24, 2023

4/28: Publishers Weekly, “Spotlight on YA Thrillers

6/27: Shooting Stars Mag, “Top Ten: Most Anticipated Books Releasing During the Second Half of 2023

6/28: Book Riot, “Summer 2023 YA Books for Your TBR: It’s Getting Hot, Hot, Hot!

7/12: CrimeReads, “14 YA Horror and Thrillers To Read This Summer (and Beyond)

7/28: Crime Reads, “30 More Horror Books to Look Out For In 2023

8/15: Crime Reads, “Influencer Noir

8/17: Paste Magazine, Exclusive excerpt

8/28: Black Children’s Books and Authors, “September 2023 Children’s & YA New Releases

8/28: A Short Book Lover, “Mini Review Monday

8/29: Betches, “Books for Unstable Girlies Who Are Going Through Some Shit

8/30: Frightful Horror, “New Releases: September 2023

8/30: Read Jump Scares, “All the New Horror Books Coming in September 2023

8/31: Young Entertainment Magazine, Author Q&A + Thursday Twitter Takeover

8/31: Pop Sugar, “97 Young Adult Books to Add to Your Reading List in September

9/1: Distractify, “New Book Releases in September 2023 That Are Made For Sweater Weather

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9/4: The Nerd Daily, author Q&A

9/5: Crime Reads, author essay: From Punchline to Protagonist: Black Horror and the Monsters Who Hunt

9/5: Book Riot, “The Best New Book Releases Out September 5, 2023

9/5: Young Entertainment Magazine, “New Book Tuesday: September 5th

9/5: The Nerd Daily, “24 YA Books Releasing In September 2023

9/5: Have Some September YA – Teen Librarian Toolbox

9/5: Book Riot podcast – New Releases and More for September 5, 2023

9/7: Publishers Weekly – “I’m a Survivor’: Black Final Girls Are (Literally) Killing It”

9/7: Crime Reads – “The Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of Fall 2023”

9/7: – “All the New Young Adult and SFF Books Arriving in September

9/11: Paste Magazine, “25 Horror Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Fall

9/21: Crime Reads – “The Best Debut Novels Out This September


“Springer strikes a compulsively readable balance between humor and thrills, and her love for the horror genre bursts through every exuberant page. This is an instant classic in Black horror that teens will be sure to devour.”

~ RYAN DOUGLASS, New York Times bestselling author of The Taking of Jake Livingston

“Terrifying, timely, and so much fun, horror fans won’t be able to put down Lisa Springer’s gripping debut.”

~JORDYN TAYLOR, award-winning author of The Revenge Game

“A perfectly gruesome, jaw- clenching slasher!”

~VANESSA MONTALBAN, author of A Tall Dark Trouble

“Unforgettably sharp and sinister this horror debut serves up ghoulish gore and trope-twisting terror, ripping through genre stereotypes to become an instant horror classic.”

~VICTORIA FULTON and FAITH MCCLAREN, authors of Horror Hotel

“A page-turning, nail-biting story with some new twists.”