For the Hidden Beast short story, I was inspired by a snow hike I did in Breckenridge Colorado. It was a beautiful hike, yet I couldn’t help noticing how eerily quiet it was, except for the crunching of the snow underneath my snowshoes. So, this eeriness manifested into this creature in my mind, but I didn’t want the story to be so clean cut. Hence, I added the notion that perhaps it’s all in the main character’s head or maybe not. The title also came from that idea of whether it’s something hidden inside his mind. You can decide for yourself if it’s real or figment of his imagination.