Melanie King is a paranormal investigator who runs the Ghost Hunt UK Youtube Channel.
Melanie has never been described physically, except for MAG 131, which implies she's skinny in a way that Martin and Basira are not. At some point after MAG 155, she has damaged eyes from being blinded.
Melanie no known family outside of her deceased mother and father. Her father previously resided at Ivy Meadows Care Home with dementia, but he always remembered Melanie. He died shortly after John Amherst took over the facility.
Melanie King was the host of a YouTube channel, Ghost Hunt UK, where she and her team went into haunted buildings or sites with scientific equipment in order to look for ghosts and evidence thereof.
In January 2015, Melanie's friend Georgie Barker put her in contact with Sarah Baldwin as a replacement for the group's sound engineer for an investigation of Cambridge Medical Hospital. After the events of that night, she gave a statement to Jonathan Sims (MAG 28), and the two of them end up in a screaming argument.
After the aforementioned incident, Ghost Hunt UK gradually folded, and Melanie began doing independent research. Her focus was "war ghosts", hauntings at locations connected to historical conflicts. In her research, she realized that other paranormal researchers focused on the same few locations, the ones "confirmed as safe", and started investigating locations others avoided, predicting that those would be far more likely to be "real." (MAG 76).
After sneaking in to investigate a train graveyard with a train that smelled of blood, Melanie was stabbed by a ghost, captured by security guards, and caught on video screaming about blood and ghosts, which went viral and was briefly a meme, costing Melanie the rest of her professional reputation (MAG 76). Doing follow-up research on the train car, she realized she needed a book available in the library of The Magnus Institute (MAG 76), and had to ask Jonathan to vouch for her so she could be allowed to access it without having the usual academic credentials. (MAG 63) With the book, she realized there was another similar haunting in India, and came back to the Institute to give Jonathan another statement about her train adventure before leaving to investigate it.
At this point, she asked where Sasha was so she could say goodbye to her, but Jonathan insisted Not-Sasha was the same person. They had an argument as Melanie could tell the two Sashas were different people and thought Jon was trying to gaslight her (MAG 76).
In India, Melanie got shot by a ghost. The bullet went into her leg, though when she went to the hospital afterwards the scanners showed nothing there (MAG 117)
Melanie came back to the Institute thinking to give another statement to Jon, but found him not there (as he was on the run wanted for murder), and was unable to give her statement to Martin instead. Elias then offered her the job recently vacated by Not-Sasha. Despite a warning from Martin, she began working full-time for the Institute as an archival assistant. (MAG 84).
After Jon heard Melanie was working for the Institute, he came to her to ask her to be his "source on the inside" and help him research leads using Institute resources (MAG 86). She helped him track down Jude Perry and inquired about the calliope organ that had been supposed to be artifact storage (MAG 88).
When she learned that the archive staff were bound to the institute, Melanie repeatedly tried to kill Elias. He retaliated by implanting in her mind the knowledge of her father's true death at Ivy Meadows Care Home (MAG 36). She had been told that he had died peacefully of smoke inhalation during the fire, but actually The Corruption had infected him and he died suffering (MAG 106). Elias threatens to implant the image of Melanie's corrupted father deep in her brain if she makes any further attempts at his life.
While Martin distracted Elias in the archives, Melanie broke into his office and obtained the tape of Jurgen Leitner's murder as well as other incriminating documents to hand over to the police (MAG 118).
When The Flesh attacked the Archives, Melanie got a knife and protected the others.
Jon's powers let him realize the ghost bullet in Melanie's leg is "pumping violence into her", infecting her with The Slaughter. He and Basira decide to do surgery on her while she is asleep to remove the bullet, as she is currently too violent to react well to being asked. However, she wakes up during the procedure and freaks out, stabbing Jon. (MAG 125).
Melanie walks in on Jon trying to chop off his finger in attempt to anchor himself. She tells Jon about how the surgery broke her trust and made her feel unsafe in the Archives. She didn't want it out. Melanie had used righteous anger her whole life to persevere, and the bullet in her leg finally validated her anger and told her it was okay. As a better way to obtain an anchor, she takes Jon to Helen's door, where Jared Hopworth is trapped in the corridors after his attack on the Archives. (MAG 131
Some time later, Jon catches Melanie on her way out the Archives and accidentally compels her into say she's going to therapy. Georgie Barker accompanies her. In therapy, Melanie explicitly states she doesn't want the sessions to be recorded. (MAG 136)
Melanie is with Daisy and Basira when they confront Jon about his 'eating habits.' (MAG 146) She accompanies the group as they investigate the house on Hill Top Road. While there, she admits to trying to be more open with her feelings. Melanie and the other ladies seem to be having a good time together. (MAG 147: Weaver)
Continuing her journey of personal growth, Melanie seeks out Jon to tell him she'll no longer be doing work at the Archives. She can't be a part of it anymore, as the Institute is working for The Eye. She admits to initially being paranoid about a potentially evil therapist. (MAG 150)
Jon informs Melanie that blinding herself would free her from the Eye, and coming to the conclusion that it's a fair price to pay to get out, she uses an awl from the book repair suppliers in the Archive's library to do so. (MAG 155) She moves in with Georgie, her girlfriend, and recovers there. She welcomes Jon visiting as a friend but refuses to help him with anything related to the Archives or the Entities. (MAG 157)
Bold marks episodes where Melanie has read a statement.
- Melanie was named after Stephen King.
- Melanie starting her recording with a little clap in MAG 86 was a decision made by Lydia Nicholas, her voice actor.
- Melanie's D&D class would be a ranger.