“The Beast” by L. Ron Hubbard
Publication date: October 1942
Original publication: Astounding Science-Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction
Story description: A strange beast in the jungles of Venus has to be killed, not just because it has taken many lives, but also something Ginger Cranston can’t live without—his courage.
Currently available as part of the Stories from the Golden Age series, in the title The Great Secret.