I'm close to Evans's opinion myself. I don't, however, need explicit Mythos elements, but I do want a certain Lovecraftian aesthetic.
So I'm wary of traditional supernatural elements, since such superstition is what Lovecraft, particularly in his later writings, eschewed. But that doesn't mean some elements can't be used be used for inspiration or recontextualized. I don't have patience for things like werewolves or vampires, but I definitely have some flexibility. I guess the Lovecraftian aesthetic is kind of like pornography for me: I know it when I see it.
Chris mentioned the scenarios in "Dark Designs." They used some of the trappings of Victorian-era occult revivalism, but were definitely Lovecraftian enough for me. I can't say that for every CoC
scenario I've ever seen....
Anyway, Kevin A. Ross wrote it, so that's worth a look for me. The back cover text is certainly intriguing. And hey, the cover's awesome, too.
Christopher Smith Adair